Scholarship student, Denise tells us how the Sports Scholarship makes 10 years of training worthwhile
Denise O’ Connor, Early Childhood Studies student, speaks about how the WIT Sports Scholarship has benefited her.
Denise is from Tramore, County Waterford and attended Ardscoil no Mara secondary school before coming straight to WIT through the CAO.
She was awarded a Sports Scholarship along with 79 students who were recognised for their contribution in 12 different sports this year at WIT.
“This scholarship makes the 10 years that I have been competing in athletics and the horrible, rainy training sessions all worthwhile. It gives me a great sense of achievement for myself as many people told me not to bother applying for it as I probably wouldn't get it. I believe there is no harm in trying.
I am so grateful for everything that the scholarship provides for me in regard to gym training, nutrition and physio, as all of this gives me the opportunity to improve my performance. It makes me feel that all the hard work and dedication really pays off.”
When Denise graduates from her course at WIT, she hopes to go on to do a Post Graduate course and become a primary school teacher.
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.