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Sean Reynolds Scholarship Awardee Announced

Posted on 13 May 2015

Sean Reynolds, Cat O'Donnell, and Sarah Reynolds at the NY Trinity BallPhoto caption (L-R): Sean Reynolds, Managing Director, Senior PM, Rathmore Funds, Lazard Asset Mgmt, scholarship winner Catherine O’Donnell from Phillips Exeter Academy, and Sarah Reynolds, Philanthropist and former Director NY Times

A new scholarship from Trinity College Dublin, funded by a generous donation from Trinity alumnus Sean Reynolds and his wife Sarah, was recently awarded to Catherine O’Donnell, a student at Phillips Exeter Academy. Catherine will enroll in Trinity’s School of Engineering in September 2015.

Speaking about the awardee, her college counselling staff said: “An element of Catherine’s intelligence, resolve, and self-sufficiency, derives from her upbringing in Anchorage, Alaska. Catherine brings a “can do” attitude to every adventure from traversing fast moving mountain streams with steely smarts to hiking for days carrying heavy packs, Catherine always sees the glorious and shrugs off the miserable. While at Exeter, a world away from the wilds of Alaska, Catherine demonstrated the same good judgment, brilliance, down to earth friendliness, and upbeat attitude with impressive results. Earning highest academic honors while enrolled in the highest-level mathematics classes and advanced modern languages and science offerings and participating in women’s choir, theater productions, and social service clubs, Catherine shines at the highest level of challenge.”

The scholarship opportunity was open to students from the United States who are due to commence a full undergraduate degree programme in 2015. This scholarship is the first of its kind available to US students pursuing undergraduate study in Trinity. Sean Reynolds, a member of Trinity’s US Advisory Board, has been an active and engaged member of the Trinity community for over thirty years. He received a BA in Mathematics and a BAI (BSc) in Engineering from Trinity before completing an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Speaking about his Trinity experience, Mr. Reynolds’s notes: ‘My time at Trinity College Dublin was a most formative experience, both personally and academically, and I look back on my years there very fondly. This scholarship hopefully supports positioning Trinity College Dublin as a leading choice for top international undergraduate candidates”.