Portlaoise College has announced this year’s winners for the first year scholarship programme.
Abbie Maher from St Colman’s National School in Stradbally and Jonathan Murphy from Educate Together National School Portlaoise are the worthy recipients.
The Scholarship/Programme was established a number of years ago to reward excellence in academic ability for two students entering into first year from 6th class.
The award winners are selected by a rigorous selecting process which includes a standardised ability test followed by written exams.
Based on results, Abbie and Jonathan were selected from 168 1st year entries for September 2020.
This scholarship is worth in the region of €1,000 per student and will assist greatly with their academic future.
The Principal, Noel Daly, was delighted to present the scholarships and said: “These scholarship winners were a credit to their parents and respective primary schools and that they had a bright future in school and at third level.
“They had worked extremely hard throughout their primary education and that this hard work has paid dividends for these two students.
“This year’s winners could not come into the school with their Primary school Teachers and Parents to receive their recognition, as would have traditionally happened due to the coronavirus.
“Instead Abbie and Jonathans Parents sent is the photos from home as the received the good news.”
Well done to Jonathan and Abbie best wishes to all the students starting in Portlaoise College for September.