Two Laois athletes were among the 78 students that received the Limerick Institute of Technology Sports Scholarship this academic year.
Portlaoise’s Ben Conroy and Rosenallis’ Conor Cosgrove have both received the prestigious awards.
Footballer Ben, who has represented the Laois minors and U-20s in recent years, is studying Business.
While hurler Conor, who has also represented the Laois hurlers at those levels, is studying Civil Engineering.
In a year when sporting events have been seriously impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sport and Recreation Office at LIT remains committed to supporting young athletic talent and the general health and wellness of the entire LIT community.
Supported by sponsors PMI, the LIT Sports Scholarships are set apart from other sports scholarships as they encourage young athletes to achieve greatness in their chosen sport, while also providing a vast range of off-field supports for their education and mental wellbeing.
This year’s recipients excel at a number of sports including basketball, camogie, hurling, Gaelic football, handball, rugby, kickboxing and swimming.
President of LIT, Prof Vincent Cunnane, described the scholarships as reflective of LIT’s ethos – supporting its students to be the best they can be in their chosen field, while also ensuring they have the skillset and knowledge to succeed long after they graduate from LIT.
He said: “The LIT sport scholarship programme continues to value and support students in a balanced way, as they strive to reach their goals both on and off the competitive arena.
“The LIT Sports Scholarship Programme enables the recipients to unlock their personal potential, and these supports are just as important this year, if not more so, as we all face the challenges posed by the pandemic.”