Waterford students receive WIT President’s Scholarships

Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary students receive Waterford Institute of Technology President’s Scholarships.

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Waterford students are among the 2017 recipients of the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) President’s Scholarship programme.

Exceptional undergraduate students Seán Walsh and Dominika Kuzniar have received scholarships with a total value of up to €12,000. Each President’s Scholar receives an annual bursary of €2,000 per year of study along with €500 per semester.

The scholarship scheme, which had its first cohort in 2016, encourages and rewards five young people who show the capacity to shape a better society.

Seán Walsh, a past pupil of Mount Sion CBS in Waterford city, is feeling proud after being awarded a President’s Scholarship. The Bachelor of Business (Hons) student outlined in his scholarship application how he had the potential to shape future society. “I am involved in Irish Water Safety Waterford since 2010, currently voluntarily teaching water safety skills and lessons to children. I was involved in peer mentoring during my time in secondary school. I also represented the youth of Waterford for two years when I sat on the Waterford Comhairle na Nóg and when I was the youth ambassador for Waterford city,” said the son of John and Mary from Hennessy’s Road, Waterford.  

Seán explained why he applied for the President’s Scholarship. “I saw it as an opportunity to further motivate myself to become more active in the community and to be recognised for the work that I had done to date. I enjoy my course because of its broad range of modules and the fact that the lecturers are approachable,” he continued.

Seán said his dreams for the future include working in the aviation finance industry and continuing to work within the community to make society a better place for all.

Seán Walsh and Dominika Kuzniar were awarded scholarships with a total value of up to €12,000.

Dominika Kuzniar, a past pupil of Presentation Secondary School in Waterford, recently completed her first year studying Architecture at WIT. “During my free time I always enjoyed sketching and I was fascinated by the creative process. Through architecture I knew that I would be able to transfer these skills and improve the daily lives of others by creating good designs. I believe that my determination and diligence will make this a reality in the future years to come,” Dominika said.

Dominika explained why she applied for the President’s Scholarship. “I knew that the scholarship would allow me to fully focus on my studies and open many doors for me, not only during my time in WIT but also in the future. Architecture is a challenge every day, which makes the course very rewarding at the end of the day,” she added.

Dominika dreams of working with individuals to whom she looks up to in the architectural field, as well as setting up her own architectural practice and having a positive impact on the built environment.

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