Six students attending second level schools serving the Naas area were in the hunt financial assistance from Naas Credit Union.
The grants were made at the Naas Credit Union annual bursary awards dinner, which took place at the Killashee House Hotel.
The bursary is awarded to one student per year to assist with third level education expenses and each winner received €2,000 annually for 3 years.
There were six finalists in this year’s competition and they were shortlisted by their schools to attend the CU’s selection workshop.
According to the CU competition was stiff with candidates assessed on their contribution to school and community as well as an individual interview and in group discussion.
The six finalists were Conor Davis (Naas CBS), Ronan MacGiolla (Naas CBS), Robyn De Brun (Gael Cholaiste Chill Dara), Markus Pedersen (Piper’s Hill College), Ellen Walsh (St. Mary’s College) and Rachel Lanigan (St. Mary’s College).
Markus Pederson was adjudged the winner, described as an excellent all rounder academically and otherwise. Markus was actively involved in school life, acting as deputy head boy and helping to organise his school’s talent show. He won several awards in recognition of his achievements, including the Principal’s Award in 2013 and the NUI Access Programme Inspirational Student 2013.
He also volunteers with Camphill Communities, a Kilcullen-based organisation for young people with special needs.
The bursary scheme is not the CU’s only school project. Since 2009, savings schemes have been opened at primary schools in Ballycane, Sallins, Killashee, Scoil Bhride, Ballymore Eustace, Rathmore, Caragh, Two Mile House and Gaelscoil Nas na Riogh.
- Paul O’Meara