The WIT Sport Scholarship “allowed me to gain access to extra supports while trying to balance my sport and studies”
Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Hayley Fitzsimons has had major success in her sporting career.
Hayley is a recipient of the WIT sports scholarship which she says has been very beneficial to her in improving her sport, “Through the scholarship, I get extra academic support when I travel, it also provides me with financial support in order to fund equipment, gear and training supports.”
“The sport scholarship was a factor that I considered when applying to WIT as I thought that if I applied for the Sports Scholarship that it would help me gain access to extra supports while trying to balance my sport and studies. It also gives me the sense of achievement as I am a person with a disability getting recognised.”
In the future, Hayley is set on what she would like to achieve. “I really want to work with the youth within a sporting background and work with people disabilities. I also hope to compete in the 2020 Paralympics.”
Hayley suggests to all of those who wish to improve in their sport to take the advice of the late Muhammed Ali, “Don’t count the days, make them count.”
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.