Laois university student wins prestigious academic scholarship

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan

Laois university student wins prestigious academic award

Christopher Carew with his parents Tim and Martina.

A young Laois man has been awarded a top academic scholarship that recognises his incredible achievements in life so far.

Christopher Carew, 19, from Portlaoise is a past pupil of Mountrath Community School and Timahoe NS.

He has been awarded an Ad Astra Academic Scholarship by University College Dublin. 

The scholarship celebrates the University’s top 15 new high calibre students. The minimum application requirement is six H1s and the scholarship is also based on achievements outside the classroom and performance at interview.

Christopher achieved top swimming and academic success while in secondary school.

He has had a paper published in a medical journal, he has National and Provincial swimming medals, is a Linguistics All Ireland Team Champion and Individual Silver Award winner, and he was a Student Enterprise national finalist.

He also received an award from MedEntry for achieving the highest score in the country in the 2018 HPAT, the admissions test for the selection of students into medicine.

Christopher’s proud parents Tim and Martina Carew and the principal of Mountrath CS Siobhan McCarthy (below) all attended the award ceremony.

As a UCD Ad Astra Academic scholar, Christopher will get a yearly monetary scholarship, mentoring and a range of tailored supports. He may also avail of allocated on-campus accommodation. In addition he receives a range of academic privileges which include the support of a dedicated academic mentor, a programme of workshops and seminars throughout the year.

Christopher is currently studying in his first year of an undergraduate degree in Medicine at UCD.

Below: Christopher Carew accepting the Ad Astra academic scholarship from Professor Mark Rogers