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Local lad nets scholarship

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 4:58pm

A budding Ballincollig sports star has been handed a scholarship by DCU in recognition of his sporting excellence.

James O’Sullivan, a former student of Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, is a first year Accounting and Finance student at DCU. He was presented with the DCU Sports Scholarship in recognition of his contribution to soccer at the University by the President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith.

Another Corkman, Evan Palmer, was also awarded a sports scholarship for his contribution to rugby at the university.

Speaking at this year’s Sports Scholarships, Prof Brian MacCraith said: “The awarding of these scholarships is a recognition that DCU’s high-performance athletes need support in order to successfully balance the demands of their sporting and academic commitments.

“The award takes into account not just their individual sporting achievements but also recognises the valuable contribution they make to the DCU community through their activities.”

The scholarship programme in DCU offers a wide range of support services for talented athletes as part of a balanced approach to training, performance and academic excellence.

Sport Scholarships were introduced in DCU in 1996 in the form of GAA sport scholarships. In recent years the programme has expanded greatly and students have been awarded scholarships across a range of sports, including athletics, basketball, boxing, camogie, golf, hockey, rowing, sailing and tennis.

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