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Owen Sheehy Skeffington Memorial Awards

Travel / Maintenance Grant

A memorial was established in 1973 from funds contributed in memory of Dr Owen Sheehy Skeffington, which includes a travel / maintenance grant (value €2,000) awarded in alternate years.  The Maintenance Grant is awarded to a current Senior Fresh or a Junior Sophister student of French intending to major in French in 2022-23, in Trinity College Dublin. The Travel Grant will be awarded in 2023/2024 and is open to any student of French. The award is made on the basis of academic promise and financial need.

Selection will be made by the Scholarship Committee on the educational merits of the applications received and with regard to the personal circumstances of the applicants.

Please return this completed form and your personal statement by 2nd April 2024 to the Head of Department ( The subject line of the email should read ‘FAO Owen Sheehy Skeffington Travel / Maintenance Grant Committee’.


Dompierre-Chaufepié Prize

This prize was founded in 1912 by a gift from Gerard Alston Exham, Fellow 1895-1920, in memory of Eugénie de Dompierre de Chaufepié, of The Hague.  It is awarded annually on the results of the Senior Freshman examination.  A candidate must have attended two terms of honor lectures in French previous to the examination and must be approved by the Professor.  Value:  €90.

Lisa Sexton Memorial Award

This fund was established in 2005 in memory of Lisa Sexton by her family and friends to provide financial assistance and recognition of academic achievement for course work assessment essays in the Junior Sophister French options to a student who intends to continue to Senior Sophister moderatorship part II in French.  The fund is to be administered by the Trinity Benefaction Fund in conjunction with the Head of the French Department.  The award amount is to be €250 annually and is to be granted during Michaelmas term of the student’s Senior Sophister year.

Barbara Wright Prize

This prize was founded in 2006 by a gift from Barbara Wright, her colleagues and friends, to mark her retirement after forty years of service. It is awarded annually to the Senior Sophister who obtains the highest result, and not less than a First, in French Literature, in Part II of the Moderatorship examination in French. Should there be no suitably qualified candidate, the Prize, in the year in question, will accrue to the capital endowment of the award. 
Value, €175.

French Government Bronze Medal

These medals are awarded to the best candidates in French in each of the degree programmes at the final year examinations in the Department of French