Two Victory Scholar students from America have begun their postgraduate studies at WIT while volunteering with local community groups in Waterford
American students DaLacy Anderson and Brittney Dunbar have travelled to Waterford to spend the year studying at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) under the Victory Scholar Programme.
Both DaLacy and Brittney are avid basketball players and are part of the Victory Scholar Programme which provides students the opportunity to extend their education to postgraduate level while playing sport and giving back to the local community.
Originally from Illinois Chicago, DaLacy Anderson studied at The George Washington University and has come to WIT to study the Masters of Business Management having completed an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing.
Brittney Dunbar, from Florida left Weber State University with an undergraduate degree in Athletic Therapy and has come to WIT to study her Masters of Science Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Being a Victory Scholar means both Brittney and DaLacy play with the WIT college basketball team as well as the WIT Wildcats club team.
Speaking about her responsibilities while studying in Ireland, DaLacy said, “While in Ireland, I’m coaching the Wildcats U-12 and U-13 teams and the Kitten Club on Saturdays. I also take part in some community outreach, this means I volunteer with the study buddy programme at WIT where I work with secondary school students to help them study for their Leaving Certificate.”
When discussing the benefits that this programme offers, Brittney said, “The benefits for me are, I get this amazing opportunity and experience. I’ve been able to travel to a new country and live abroad all under this scholarship. I’ve been able to impact lives and help work to improve the community.”
Both girls say they are enjoying their time in Ireland and studying at WIT and say, “it has been great, Ireland is filled with great people who have been welcoming and willing to help me with anything and everything. I love WIT!! The course is really interesting and enjoyable. My lecturers, Jean and Gerry, are amazing and go above and beyond to help us learn. They have been really welcoming as well and I couldn’t thank them enough for that.”
Brittney is confident that both teams she plays with will continue to do well and said, “We are currently 3rd in the league I believe with a record of 4-2. The WIT team is undefeated with a record of 2-0, and we plan to keep it that way!”
To future Victory Scholars, Brittney recommend taking part in the programme saying, “take advantage of the opportunity, to learn and to grow as a person. Be open-minded and try to enjoy every part of the experience. It will prove to be the biggest journey of your life. Make the most of it.”
With regards their future, once she returns home next May, DaLacy plans on obtaining a job and beginning her career in business, while Brittney hopes to become a sports psychologist.
- Master of Science in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Master of Business in (Management Stream)
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Exercise Sciences (Common Entry)
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport & Exercise Science
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutrition & Exercise Science
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health & Exercise Science
- Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management