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Portlaoise student receives prestigious Naughton scholarship for outstanding Leaving Cert results

Ella Byrne collecting her results with her Physical Education teacher John Scully and fellow past pupil Eleanor Healy

A Portlaoise student has been awarded the prestigious Naughton Scholarship following her outstanding Leaving Cert results.

Ella Byrne, who sat her Leaving Cert in Scoil Chriost Ri during the summer, has been awarded.

Each year 36 students are awarded Naughton Scholarships worth €20,000 for their Third Level studies. There is at least one winner from each County in the Republic of Ireland.

The scholarship is intended as a reward and encouragement to exceptional students who would like to study in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and maths) at University.

The school of each winning student also receives a prize for the schools science labs.

Scoil Chriost Ri Principal Helen O’Donnell welcomed the news and congratulated Ella on her achievement.

She said “This is a very good news story this morning as we celebrate our 4th Naughton scholarship.

“We are delighted to say a student of your school has once again been awarded a scholarship.

“Ella Byrne will receive €20,000 for her third-level studies in the area of engineering, science or technology at university in Ireland.

“The school will also be granted a further award of €1,000 towards its science facilities in recognition of your assistance.

“Congratulations to all of you especially her science and maths teachers on this amazing achievement and I know you will all agree Ella is a worthy award winner.

“Ella is now studying physics in DCU. One scholarship is generally awarded per county.”

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