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‘Increased Student Athlete Scholarship Packages Announced’

Published: 24th August 2016

Specialist strength and conditioning support, a dedicated medical care pathway, nutritional advice – these are just a handful of the benefits on offer through the new and improved Trinity Sport scholarship programme that has just been launched.

The new and expanded programme now comprises four categories to appeal to an even broader range of students - whether you’re an aspiring or current athlete, or if you’re more of an elite or world-class performer. The four categories are as follows:

  • Podium scholarship – with a support package up to the value of €9,500.
  • Performance scholarship – with a support package up to the value of €5,000.
  • Athlete Development scholarship – with a support package up to the value of €2,800.
  • Academy Sport award – with a support package up to the value of €1,000.

These revised offerings are designed to match the unrivalled high level of academic experience available at Trinity, ensuring that talented and committed student athletes are fully supported during their time studying here.

But don’t just take our word for it. Brian Slater (physiotherapy) was a rugby sports scholar here in Trinity for 2015-2016. “It was a huge honour to be selected as a sports scholarship recipient. Having been bestowed with such a distinction I felt really spurred on to achieve even more.”

Olympian Natalya Coyle (BESS), who’s just had her best ever finish in her modern pentathlon event in Rio (coming seventh), is a former Trinity sports scholar. “I was able to continue my academic studies alongside my sporting career because of the support given to me by Trinity.”

Or look at what some of our other sports scholars have achieved this year: Anna May Whelan (pharmacy) who received her first cap playing hockey for Ireland this summer; Ayman Ben Mohamed (BESS) who has just signed a deal to play for 26-time league champions Espérance Sportive de Tunis; not forgetting our inter-county scholars Sarah McCaffrey (Dublin), Eoghan McNamara (Limerick), Darragh O’Donoghue (Galway), Michelle Peel (Meath), Michael O’Grady (Kildare) and Tiarnán Daly (Fermanagh).

Speaking following the launch of the new scholarship programmes, Deputy head of sport and recreation, Matthew Dossett, commented: “Our new strategy for sport ‘Raising our Game’ has set out a roadmap for attracting and supporting talented and elite athletes within Ireland’s premier academic institution. This will allow the most promising sports people to attain the highest possible success in their chosen studies and sport." 

“The newly revised scholarship programme will enable us to nurture and excel athletes at the beginning of their journey, as well as support current high-level performers and propel them towards national and international success. Along with world-class research and sport science support expertise, the programme will also benefit from being part of an emerging high performance pathway, where the foundations and pillars of support for our athletes will be delivered. We have a superb team here at Trinity, and we are really excited about the year ahead, and look forward to welcoming the next generation of Irish and international athletes as they become part of one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious institutions."

For full details of what each category involves click here

Scholarships will be awarded in September/October. So what are you waiting for…?