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26 Jan 2022

Longford student receives prestigious €20,000 Naughton Foundation scholarship

Longford student receives prestigious €20,000 Naughton Foundation scholarship

Presentation of Jubilee Cup and High Achiever Leaving Cert awards at Cnoc Mhuire Granard: Pauline McBrien (Principal), joint winners Ellen Deneher and Ciaran Scanlon and Ryan Plunkett (Teacher)

Supporting academic and innovative excellence in Irish students, the Naughton Foundation Scholarship Awards are an investment in the future of Ireland’s reputation as a country with outstanding graduates promoting the study of engineering, science and technology at third level. 

Founding patrons, Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel recently announced the winners of the 2021 awards with County Longford Student, Ciaran Scanlon receiving a scholarship worth €20,000.

Longford Leader gallery: Ellen and Ciaran named joint winners of Cnoc Mhuire Granard's coveted Jubilee Cup

Cnoc Mhuire Granard hosted a small presentation function on Friday last to acknowledge the fantastic Leaving Cert results that students at the school achieved.

Since its establishment in 2008, scholarships worth over €4 million have been awarded to over 330 students. The scheme started in three counties and has continued to expand annually to become a nationwide scheme in 2016. 

There is one guaranteed scholarship (€20,000) for each participating county, with some counties awarded more than one scholarship. Each scholarship is worth €5,000 per annum for each year of a student’s three or four year undergraduate degree. 

Traditionally the awards are presented by Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel at a ceremony with the students’ schools and families in attendance but as a result of current restrictions this event was unfortunately deferred again for this year.

A former student of Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School, Granard Ciaran has accepted a place in University College Dublin studying Computer Science. Ciaran joins 37 exceptional Irish students who were awarded third level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science, technology and maths.

More than 200 schools have also benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion. Ciaran’s former secondary school, Cnoc Mhuire, received a prize of €1,000 towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students.

Speaking about the growth of the programme over the past twelve years, Dr. Martin Naughton commented: “We have been awarding scholarships to encourage and reward students for their undergraduate studies in the STEM area since 2008.  After the difficult academic year that 2021 was, we are particularly delighted to announce this year’s scholarship winners and their schools. We are both really looking forward to celebrating with them in person in the future and welcoming them to our growing community of Scholars and Alumni.”


The Naughton Foundation are continuing to support a number of programs that promote STEM education to students of all ages in Ireland.

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