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19th May 2015
Minister O’Sullivan announces a new Institutes of Technology scholarship scheme for American students valued at €250,000

Minister O’Sullivan announces a new Institutes of Technology scholarship scheme for American students valued at €250,000

Minister for Education & Skills, announces new €250,000 ($300,000) Institutes of Technology Ireland scholarship scheme for American students

Minister O’Sullivan endorses the ambitious US Generation Study Abroad programme

 The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., is delighted to announce a new Institutes of Technology Ireland scholarship scheme valued at €250,000 ($300,000) for  American students to come to Ireland to further their studies.

The purpose of the scholarships is to support the US Generation Study Abroad programme and encourage American students to come to Ireland’s Institutes of Technology. The thirteen participating institutes of technology (which are university-level institutions) have agreed to reduce tuition and registration fees for 100 scholarship recipients to €7,500 for two semesters (€4,000 for one semester).

Speaking in Boston, the Minister said “With these scholarships, we are delighted to show our support to the Generation Study Abroad programme. Throughout Ireland’s history, our people have travelled abroad and have they benefited enormously from that experience. In that adventure, I think it’s fair to say that no country in the world has been more generous than America in welcoming our people and that our two countries have a unique friendship. I would suggest also that no city in the world has been more welcoming than Boston so it is entirely appropriate that I am announcing the scholarships in this great city.  Connectedness is now a critical success factor in many walks of life and that fact not only serves to strengthen the case for Generation America, but it also re-enforces President Kennedy’s comments fifty years ago about the need for a declaration of interdependence”.

 Speaking on behalf of Institutes of Technology Ireland, CEO Gerry Murray said “The Presidents of the Institutes of Technology are unanimous in their support of the Generation Study Abroad programme and look forward to welcoming even more American students to their campuses.  Not only will students receive a first-class university-level education experience, but they will also get the opportunity to engage with their peers from hundreds of other countries. No doubt, many students will also take the opportunity to use Ireland as a base to explore Europe and give even greater expression to the Generation Study Abroad theme of opening their minds to the world”.

To apply, students should contact the International Officer in their Institute of choice, quoting the above scholarship scheme.