TWO Clare students have been selected to receive prestigious scholarships. Annie Reeves from Mountshannon, who is studying mobile communication and internet security at the University of Limerick, has been named among the recipients of Intel’s Women in Technology scholarship programme.
Also Intel Shannon has presented a Paul Whelan Memorial Scholarship to Tim Hannon, a computer science student from Ennis.
15 years ago Intel in Ireland launched its Women in Technology scholarship program for the first time.
The scholarship program aims to encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology and to empower them by fostering educational opportunities.
The scholarship program offers a monetary grant, valued at €3,000 per annum, as well as opportunities for work placements at the Intel Leixlip and Shannon campus’. Each scholar is also assigned a mentor who is an Intel employee to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career.
Since the Intel Women in Technology scholarship program began, it has supported 129 students and a total of €1,675,000 has been invested in the initiative to date.
The Paul Whelan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students studying technology and engineering courses at the University of Limerick and is named in memory of one of Intel’s employees, Paul Whelan. It endeavours to help outstanding students throughout their college course through internships and monetary support. This year Intel Shannon awarded three students with this prestigious award.
The scholars were presented with their awards at a virtual ceremony that was hosted by Intel just before Christmas. Speaking at the ceremony, Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland, Hugh Hardiman, said, “At Intel we have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and as part of that commitment, we are delighted to have the opportunity to encourage more young men and women to pursue careers in science and technology. We hope that the program will provide practical supports to the students as they work through what is a particularly challenging time”.