For the second successive year a Dundalk student has been awarded a scholarship worth €20,000 at the annual Naughton Foundation awards.
Dr Martin Naughton, a former De La Salle Student from Dundalk, and his wife Carmel recently announced the winners of the 2021 Naughton Foundation Scholarship Awards which have been supporting academic and innovative excellence in Irish students since 2008.
Former Colaiste Rís student Mark Brady was named as one of the thirty-six national winners and follows in the footsteps of former St Mary’s College pupil Robert Mee Lucey who was chosen last year.
More than 200 schools have also benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion. Mark’s former school Colaiste Rís, received a prize of €1,000 towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students. The Dromiskin student got an incredible eight H1’s in his Leaving Cert which equates to 625 points. Mark said he was shocked and delighted when informed that he had been awarded one of the prestigious scholarships.
“I remember applying for the scholarship award ages ago and then kind of forgetting all about it. It was a huge shock to be notified last week that I had been awarded one of the 36 scholarships and I am delighted and grateful to Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel for their generosity.
“I started my Engineering with Management course in Trinity a couple of months ago and I am really enjoying it so far. It is tough but very interesting and it’s going well. As far as life after university goes, I hope to work in the nuclear industry, building and designing reactors. Hopefully the work takes me abroad to different places as I want to travel before returning to Dublin,” stated Mark.
The Naughton Foundation was established by Martin and Carmel Naughton in 1994. It is a private family foundation, and its goal is to support worthwhile causes in the arts and education. In 2008 the duo decided to create the scholarship programme to increase their support for Leaving Certificate students who would like to study engineering, mathematics, science and technology at third level in Ireland. Originally the scholarship programme only applied to students from counties Louth, Meath and Monaghan however it has now expanded nationwide and students from all counties in the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply.