Three students of Skerries Community College were recipients of JP McManus scholarships based on the 2012 Leaving Certificate results. The proud recipients were twins Barbara and Valerie Julius and Alan Rochford.
Barbara attended Skerries CC and her six wonderful years there helped develop her skills and talents. Barbara is studying Medicine at NUI Galway. She hopes to become a Paediatric Surgeon. Her sister Valerie spent six fantastic years at Skerries CC and she says she “misses the banter terribly”. She is deferring her place in Medicine for a year. Valerie hopes to become an Obstetrician.
Alan Rochford also spent six happy years at Skerries CC. He credits the outstanding teachers there as being pivotal in helping him achieve great Leaving Certificate results. Alan is studying Engineering at the University of Limerick.
The JP McManus scholarships are funded by Irish millionaire and philanthropist JP McManus. They are awarded annually to 125 students across the whole of Ireland, North and South. The value of each scholarship is set at €6,750.00 per annum for the duration of the undergraduate programme undertaken by the recipient.
This year the guest of honour at the awards ceremony at the University of Limerick was Bill Clinton, the 42nd
President of the USA. President Clinton was an especially appropriate guest of honour as he has intimate knowledge of Ireland, the Peace process and all developments here both political and economic. His attendance at the event is particularly significant given that he himself was the beneficiary of scholarships to Georgetown University, Oxford University and Yale.
Each of the students’ parents and Principal of Skerries Community College, Kevin O Riordan, were guests at the awards ceremony where President Clinton gave a thoughtful and inspiring speech. The ceremony was followed by a lunch hosted by JP McManus and his wife Noreen.