The annual All Ireland Scholarship awards ceremony will take place at the University of Limerick on Saturday 17th November where President Bill Clinton will be guest of honour. One hundred and twenty five highly talented students from the north and south of Ireland will be presented on stage with a third-level scholarship certificate from President Clinton.
Sponsored by JP McManus, the educational bursary provides financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate/A Level examinations in 2012.
UL President Professor Don Barry welcomed the announcement, "We are always delighted to welcome the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship Award ceremony to the UL campus and we are sure that the address by President Bill Clinton will inspire this year’s recipients as they receive their scholarships and the generous support of the JP McManus Scholarship Trust in support of their higher education.”
The scholarships, which were established in 2008, have been set at €6,750 per annum in Ireland and stg£5,500 per annum in Northern Ireland and will continue for the duration of the undergraduate programmes chosen by the scholarship winners.
JP McManus has contributed a total of €32 million in support of third level education initiatives in recognition of the 32 counties of Ireland and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The scheme is managed by a board of Trustees and is administered by the Department of Education & Skills, the Department for Employment & Learning with support from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland.
Previous guests of honour at the awards ceremony were former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese; businessman, Dermot Desmond; former EU Commissioner, Charlie McCreevy;, Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD and choreographer artiste, Michael Flatley.