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DCU President congratulates 21 awardees of DCU Educational Trust Annual Memorial Scholarships

DCU President congratulates 21 awardees of DCU Educational Trust Annual Memorial Scholarships

A total of 21 students were awarded scholarships at DCU Educational Trust’s annual Service of Remembrance and Memorial Scholarships Ceremony.

Today’s event – which took place in the university’s Interfaith Centre on its Glasnevin campus and later in The Helix – honoured past students, staff and friends of DCU who are remembered through memorial scholarships.

DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith said the DCU Educational Trust’s ceremony had reached a significant milestone in its tenth year, also taking place as DCU celebrates its 40th anniversary. The ceremony was Professor MacCraith’s final one as his ten-year term as President of DCU comes to an end this year.

Prof MacCraith paid tribute to all of the families and donors at today’s event.

“On behalf of DCU, I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of the families and donors here today for your support for the university,” Prof MacCraith said.

“I want to congratulate all of this year's scholarship awardees. You are indeed worthy recipients, and ambassadors for DCU,” he said.

Joe Quinsey, CEO of DCU Educational Trust also praised this year’s scholarship recipients, stating: 

“The individuals remembered through our memorial scholarships shone brightly in their own lives and made a mark on society, so it is fitting that their legacy will be honoured and live on in the bright and gifted scholarship students assembled here today.”

The citations for the 14 Memorial Scholarships were read aloud by Mary Shine Thompson, a member of DCU Educational Trust’s Council of Trustees. 

The stories behind each of the scholarships are highlighted below, as well as this year’s recipients.

The Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship

In 1996, the family and friends of Orla Benson established the Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship. Orla completed the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology in 1995 and was particularly interested in Environmental Biotechnology. In the summer of 1995, Orla went to Boston to work. During her time in Boston, Orla sadly passed away. The Benson family created the memorial scholarship to remember Orla with an annual award celebrating a student who has demonstrated outstanding potential in the field of Biotechnology

This year’s recipient for the Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship is Ciara Larkin. Ciara is a PhD candidate in the School of Biotechnology researching chronic itch. Her research focuses on discovering what causes skin condition sufferers to itch, with the aim of developing a new and useful therapeutic treatment. Her scholarship funding enabled Ciara to work with researchers in the University of Debrecen in Hungary to further her research.

The Frank Durkan Memorial Scholarship

In November 2008, DCU established the Frank Durkan Memorial Scholarship thanks to the support of family and friends of Frank, including Brian O’Dwyer, a current member of DCU Educational Trust’s Council of Trustees and his wife Marianna.  Frank moved from Mayo to New York and attended Columbia University and New York University Law School. He then became a partner at the family’s law firm, O’Dwyer and Bernstein, until his untimely death in 2006. As an attorney, writer and political activist, Frank was known as a fierce and clever defender of the underprivileged and a tireless advocate for Ireland and Irish Americans involved in Northern Ireland.

This year’s recipient for the Frank Durkan Memorial Scholarship is Aishling Rafter, from Glenamoy, Co Mayo. Aishling is a First Year Athletic Therapy and Training student.

The Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship

The Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship was initiated in 2007 in memory of investigative journalist Veronica Guerin, who was murdered on 26th June 1996. The scholarship was established, with support from Independent News and Media, here at DCU, where Veronica had served on the governing authority of the University since 1982. 

This year’s recipient for the Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship for the academic year 2018/2019 is Alix Renaud. The 2019/2020 recipient will be selected later this year. Alix came to Ireland from France more than six years ago to pursue a career in journalism. She completed her undergraduate degree in Journalism in Dublin Business School, before completing a masters in Media and International Conflict in UCD. She later came to DCU in 2018/19 to complete her MA in Journalism.

The Charles J Haughey Memorial Scholarships

To commemorate Charles Haughey's life and career, a memorial scholarship endowment was created in 2009. The endowment supports students from Dublin’s Northside Partnership area to study at DCU. Charles Haughey was Taoiseach of Ireland for three terms of service between the years 1979 and 1992.  During his time in successive governments he was an unfailing advocate for education, and was instrumental in the establishment of Dublin City University. Mr Haughey received an honorary degree from DCU in 1990 and the university proudly accepted his papers in 2008.

This year’s recipients of the Charles J Haughey Memorial Scholarships are Ross Donohoe Proudfoot, a First Year Business Studies student from Coolock in North Dublin, and Chloe Fowler, a final year Bachelor of Education student from Donaghmede in North Dublin.


The Dr Tim Mahony Memorial Scholarship

Dr Tim Mahony, Founder and Chairman of Toyota Ireland, was one of Ireland’s foremost business figures and a leading philanthropist. His lifelong love of music, sport, education and Irish culture lay behind his generous support of a vast array of cultural, sporting and educational initiatives, including today’s venue, The Helix, where the main auditorium is named ‘The Mahony Hall’. In keeping with his passion for music, Toyota Ireland has kindly sponsored ‘The Dr Tim Mahony Memorial Scholarship’, in support of a student studying the BA course in Contemporary Jazz and Music Performance at DCU.

This year’s recipient of the Dr Tim Mahony Memorial Scholarship is Timothy Woodrow, a Belfast native who is studying for a BA in Contemporary Jazz and Music Performance.

The Aidan McDonnell Memorial Scholarship

The Aidan McDonnell Memorial Scholarship was established by the telecommunications company Vilicom Ltd. in honour of Aidan McDonnell from Ballina in County Mayo, who passed away after a tragic accident in June 2006. Aidan graduated from the School of Electronic Engineering at DCU in 2004 and went to work at Vilicom. Aidan was a talented engineer and an enthusiastic Gaelic footballer, playing football for his local GAA Club in Mayo. This scholarship provides for an annual scholarship for an Access student from County Mayo.

This year’s recipient of the Aidan McDonnell Memorial Scholarship is Grace Kelly, a First Year Global Business student from Belmullet, Co Mayo

The Ger McDonnell Memorial Scholarship

Originally from Kilcornan in County Limerick and a graduate of the DCU School of Engineering, Ger McDonnell became the first Irish person to scale K2 when he reached the summit on 1st August 2008. Tragically, Ger was involved in a fatal accident while attempting to save the lives of fellow climbers on his descent. Remembered by all who knew him as warm, loving, brave and heroic, Ger’s life is celebrated through the Ger McDonnell Memorial Scholarship at DCU. The scholarship fund was created by friends and family in Ger’s memory. 

This year’s recipient of the Ger McDonnell Memorial Scholarship is Faruq Raji, a First Year Computer Applications student.


The Stephen Moran Memorial Scholarship

Stephen Moran was a graduate of DCU Business School who sadly passed away in 2017 at the young age of 27. After completing an INTRA work placement with Volkswagen during the course of his studies, Stephen returned to the company after graduation to build a promising career before his untimely passing. He is fondly remembered by his colleagues in Volkswagen Group Ireland, who created the Stephen Moran Memorial Scholarship to honour his memory.

This year’s recipient of the Stephen Moran Memorial Scholarship is Kim Flood Roustan, a Second Year student in Marketing, Innovation and Technology from Swords, North County Dublin.


The Paddy Moriarty Memorial Scholarship

The Paddy Moriarty Memorial Chair & Scholarship were established in the School of Law & Government at DCU in 2001. Paddy Moriarty was a distinguished public servant who became Chief Executive of the ESB in 1981 and Chairman in 1991, and was instrumental in developing the ESB during a critical era of growth and expansion in the Irish economy. Amongst other appointments, Paddy also chaired the RTE Authority and the National College of Industrial Relations from 1991 until his untimely death in 1997.  

This year’s recipient of the Paddy Moriarty Memorial Scholarship is Sheelagh Brady, a PhD candidate with DCU School of Law and Government.


The TJ O’Driscoll Memorial Scholarship

Dr O'Driscoll was a former Director General of Bord Fáilte, the Irish Tourist Board, and was the first Chairman of Enterprise Ireland. He also served as President of the National Trust for Ireland and as the Irish Ambassador to the Netherlands. Dr O’Driscoll died in 1998 at the age of 90, having made an extraordinary contribution to the development of the modern Irish State. He was a pioneer in the development of Irish aviation. The daa established this award to support an Access student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in DCU Business School’s Aviation Management programme.

This year’s recipient of the TJ O’Driscoll Memorial Scholarship is Rokas Sasnauskas, a Second Year student in Aviation Management with Pilot Studies from Coolock, North Dublin.

The Nicola Radford Memorial Scholarship

Nicola Radford worked with the daa for over 20 years and was a key figure in the North Dublin Chamber of Commerce. She was known as a fantastic supporter and mentor to many in the business community. This scholarship was established by the North Dublin Chamber of Commerce to honour her immense legacy.

This year’s recipient of the Nicola Radford Memorial Scholarship is David Duggan, a First Year Communications Studies student from Rush, North County Dublin City University


The John Thompson Memorial Scholarship

DCU and the family and friends of the late John Thompson established the John Thompson Marketing and Media Scholarship in 2008 to honour the memory of John Thompson, former Chief Executive of Associated Newspapers Ireland and Managing Director of The Star. This Master’s level scholarship aims to foster the connection between journalism and marketing.

This year’s recipient of the John Thompson Memorial Scholarship is Colin Carrigan, who is studying for his MSc in Digital Marketing and is from Maynooth, Co Kildare.


The Teresa Twohill Memorial Scholarships

The Teresa Twohill Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 in memory of the late Teresa Twohill; a woman who was very passionate about education in Ireland. Teresa, a scholarship recipient herself, was a primary school teacher who was also responsible for establishing a number of Naoínraí across Leinster. This scholarship is to celebrate the great work that Teresa did in the field of education.

This year’s recipient of the Teresa Twohill Memorial Scholarship is Niamh Osasu Idehen, a First Year student on the Bachelor of Science degree in Enterprise Computing. Niamh is from Clondalkin, West Dublin.


The Paddy J Wright Memorial Scholarship

The Paddy J Wright Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 2008 in honour of the Chairman Emeritus of the DCU Educational Trust, leading Irish businessman, and honorary graduate of the university, Dr Patrick J. Wright.  Paddy was born in Fairview. He started work in the Jefferson Smurfit Group in 1976, and by 1986, Paddy was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of Smurfit Ireland. In 1988 he became Chairman of the DCU Educational Trust, where he led the development of our campus from a largely greenfield site to the world-leading institution it is today.

The fund supports North Dublin students through the DCU Access Scholarship Programme and also provides an annual scholarship for a Dublin gaelic footballer attending the DCU Sports Academy.

This year’s recipients are Evan Comerford, Rasalila Walsh, Chloe Murphy, Kaitlyn McCann, Amelia Grigoriev, David Lupu and Mark Bethel. 

Evan Comerford, from Glasnevin, is a Final Year Athletic Therapy and Training student, and has been part of the All-Ireland winning Dublin senior football team since 2017. He has also picked up an All-Ireland title with Dublin’s under 21 team and won the Sigerson Cup with DCU this year.

David Lupu, from Coolock in North Dublin, is a First Year student in Applied Languages and Translation Studies, and plays football with St Paul’s Artane FC.

Kaitlyn McCann, from Ballymun in North Dublin, is in first year studying for a BA Joint Honours (Music and Geography). She hopes to complete her Higher Diploma in Education after her undergraduate degree.

Chloe Murphy, from Donaghmede, is a First Year Communication Studies student. Chloe is part of DCU’s Media Production Society, Photo Soc and Film Soc.

Rasalila Walsh, from Finglas in North Dulbin, is a First Year student on the BA in Economics, Politics and Law. Outside of her course work, Rasalila enjoys creative pursuits as a member of DCU’s Anime and Manga Society.

17th February, 2020