07 Jul 2022

Laois students put on alert for prestigious and lucrative award

Laois winner of valuable Naughton Scholarship announced

Teacher Joyce Byrne, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD, Laois winning scholar Ruth Helen Bergin from Heywood CS, Ballinakill and Martin and Carmel Naughton in 2019.

Laois students are being put on alert that the closing date is fast approaching and inviting all applicants to submit their entries for an award which could be vital help getting through college.

The Naughton Scholarships promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level by students in Ireland.  Each year from February to May Leaving Certificate students can apply for a scholarship if they intend on studying science, engineering or technology at third level that year.

The Naughton Foundation was established by Dr Martin and Carmel Naughton in 1994 and its goal is to support worthwhile causes in the arts and education. In 2008 they decided to create the scholarship programme to increase their support for Leaving Certificate students who would like to study engineering, mathematics, science, and technology at third level in Ireland. Originally the scholarship programme only applied to students from counties Louth, Meath and Monaghan however it has since expanded nationwide and students from all Counties in the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply.

Students are invited to apply if they are currently attending secondary schools in County Laois, and if they are studying two or more of the following subjects- physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and applied mathematics.

Each Naughton Scholarship is valued at €20,000 so it is a contribution of €5,000 for each year of the student’s third-level course for a student studying science, engineering, maths or technology in any publicly funded university or third-level institution in Ireland, including Northern Ireland. The school of each winner is also awarded €1,000. Applications must be submitted before, or on this date to be considered eligible for the scholarship, this deadline will not be extended. 

The 2021 application forms for The Naughton Foundation Scholarship Programme are available for download and can be completed online on The Naughton Foundation website.

The closing date for receipt of application forms for The Naughton Foundation Scholarship 2021 is 5.30 pm, Sunday, May 30. There will be one guaranteed scholarship for each of the 26 participating counties and five additional scholarships allocated.


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