Social Science student and Sports Scholarship recipient Jennifer tells of the benefits of the Sports Scholarship Programme
Third year Social Science student Jennifer was one of those who received a Sports Scholarship at WIT with over 79 students recognised for their contribution in 12 different sports this year at WIT.
The sports scholarship programme at WIT focuses on the development of athletes and offers a number of supports including financial assistance, physiotherapy and grinds, to name just a few.
“Scholarships opened so many doors for me through my student life at WIT. They facilitated my growth as an individual, as a sportsperson and on campus, and their impact is ongoing. Sports Scholarships offer more than the sole financial benefit, the scholarship offers academic support and allows an individual to get on with college life.
By awarding scholarships to students, it allows them to progress to the best of their ability in both their academic and sporting careers and gives them an opportunity to achieve both with the supports provided.”
Jennifer was very successful throughout her sporting career and has Captained the U16 Tipperary team to All Ireland Title and Munster Title, made the minor Munster final with the Tipperary Minor Team and was part of the successful team that won the Ashbourne cup in 2015
Jennifer has many dreams for when she finishes at WIT. “When I graduate from Social Science at WIT this year, I hope to progress to An Garda Siochána in Templemore College. From then on, I hope work with communities throughout Ireland in my career along with keeping up my keen interest in all things sport.”
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.