Global medical technology company, BD RCI, has launched a new scholarship and bursary programme for University of Limerick students.
The programme is being funded by the company through the UL Foundation to support students from the University’s Access programme, which works to encourage the participation of students from groups who have been under-represented in the University sector.
BD, a leading global medical technology company with more than 65,000 employees worldwide, established Research Centre Ireland (RCI) Limerick in February 2017 as a global research and development hub located in a state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the UL campus.
At a special awards ceremony, four female students studying science and engineering were awarded the BD Bursaries for Women in STEM with a value of €5,000 each.
Six students also received the BD Scholarships in Science and Engineering, which were awarded based on academic achievement and valued at €2,000 each. Recipients of the bursaries and scholarships will also be appointed a professional mentor from BD.
Speaking at the launch, BD’s Site Director, Padraig Fitzgerald said: “At BD we are passionate about advancing the world of health, and making a difference for the better in the world. We were delighted when the opportunity arose to support this very worthy initiative especially when it offered the chance for us to promote the development of future STEM talent.
“The BD Scholarship and Bursary Programme was created to acknowledge outstanding academic achievement in Science and Engineering, and to support and encourage under-represented student groups to strive for excellence. We are delighted to be able to offer our support for this cause and are hoping that perhaps one day we can work together with the students here at BD Research Centre Ireland.”
Sarah Hartnett, Director of Development at the UL Foundation, said: “We are delighted with this scholarship and bursary programme, which not only encourages and supports under-represented student groups, but also strengthens the University’s commitment to gender equality and diversity. Our thanks to BD for the generosity and leadership they have demonstrated with this initiative.”
Also attending the event was Deirdre O’Connor, Access Officer at UL, who said: “The task that we undertake in the Access Office is a challenge, but when we see students who may not have gained access to third level go on to achieve their goals, we feel a sense of pride and determination to make third level access more equal.
“The students we meet have the ability, determination and work ethic to succeed, but what is important is that they get the support and opportunities, such as these scholarships and bursaries so generously supported by BD,” she added.