Scholarship for Portlaoise student

Principal Helen O'Donnell, Minister for Education and Skills Damien English TD and  Laois scholar Rachel Costello, Scoil Chriost R� with Dr Martin and Carmel Naughton at the 2014 Naughton Foundation Scholarship Awards at the Science Gallery in Trinity college. -photo Kieran Harnett
Rachel Costello, graduate of Scoil Chriost Rí in Portlaoise, has been awarded a scholarhip to the value of €20,000 towards her studies in Computer Science and Language at Trinity College Dublin.

Rachel Costello, graduate of Scoil Chriost Rí in Portlaoise, has been awarded a scholarhip to the value of €20,000 towards her studies in Computer Science and Language at Trinity College Dublin.

It is the second year in a row for a student from the girls’ secondary school to receive the scholarship, with Joanne Parker awarded the honour in 2013.

Rachel, accompanied by her family and Scoil Chriost Rí Principal Ms Helen O’Donnell, accepted the award at a presentation in the Science Gallery of Trinity, on Saturday September 27.

It was presented jointly from Minister for Education and Skills Damien English TD, and the founding patron of the foundation Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel.

Scoil Chriost Rí will also receive €1,000 for their science department.

Established in 2008, The Naughton Foundation supports Irish students in their study of science, engineering and technology at Irish third level institutions.

Initially serving 3 counties, the Foundation has expanded to present 25 awards this year, and has presented scholarships worth €1.1 million to date. See www.thenaughtonfoundation.ie.