Sports scholarship recipient and Architecture student Daniel O'Driscoll discusses the benefits of the scholarship and his reasons for choosing WIT
Second year Architecture student at WIT Daniel O’Driscoll was one of those who received a Sports Scholarship with over 79 students recognised for their contribution in 12 different sports this year at WIT.
Daniel has had successful rugby career and has had many achievements over the past few years. “With the WIT rugby team, we won the All-Ireland tier 2 last season. We made the final this season in the league and got promoted.
We played Athlone IT in the All-Ireland tier 1 quarter final but unfortunately lost to the 3 time defending champions. With Waterpark first team, we remain unbeaten in the league and are 14 points clear with 2 games remaining.”
The Sports Scholarship Programme has been of great benefit to Daniel throughout his time at WIT. “The Sports Scholarship Programme has allowed me to excel inside the lecture theatre and out on the field. It's helped keep me on the path towards becoming an architect by managing my progress in assignments and advice on nutrition and recovery has helped me a lot physically and mentally.”
“I hope to play rugby at all Ireland league level and possibility at varsity level. This is of course depending on my decision to complete a Master’s Programme or not! I also hope to become a practicing architect in the future.”
When deciding what course to choose at third level, Daniel considered his favourite subject, Design and Communication Graphics (DCG), “I loved designing my 6th year design project so much so that I wanted to study something similar in College. I also find I do best under continuous assessment.”
Choosing WIT was based on research and recommendations for Daniel, including the advice of his careers teacher in school, “I talked with my Career teacher in school about studying Architecture in Ireland, she recommended putting WIT down in the CAO because of the reputation the lecturers have. I then spoke to my parents and researched the lecturers bodies of work. I then chose WIT.”
About WIT Sports Scholarships
The Sports Scholarship Programme at WIT offers an athlete led development programme aimed at supporting the overall development of high performance athletes in a wide range of sports. The programme gives talented athletes the opportunity to develop their sporting and academic career by offering a network of support services and expertise which is tailored around the specific needs of each individual athlete.
Every academic year, WIT provides up to 60 Sports Scholarship Awards distributed between four awarding categories which reflect the sporting level a student is competing at within their sporting discipline:
Gold Scholarships are given to those students who are excelling in their sport and competing at the highest level in their sport.
Silver Scholarships are usually awarded to those students already in the college. Students receiving Silver Scholarships will have demonstrated their potential and commitment to their sport and WIT Club and will be competing at a high level.
Bronze Scholarships are open to all sports and are generally given to prospective and new students on entry to WIT. This Scholarship is also available to students who have completed first year in college and have demonstrated above average potential and commitment to a WIT sports club.
Emerging Talent Scholarships aim to support talented students who have shown potential in there sporting careers to date. The programme is a one year programme for first year students and it is aimed at helping the student progress in their academic studies and sport through the wide range of support services on the scholarship programme.
Sports Recognition Scholarships are one of most recent scholarships which was established to recognise outstanding WIT student athletes who have shown huge commitment to sport in WIT and who have also played a leading part in the development of Clubs and Societies life here in the college.