Students from every county in Ireland receive Entrance Exhibition Awards

Posted on: 27 November 2018

Students from every county in Ireland as well as 20 countries worldwide were awarded special Entrance Exhibition Awards this year. A total of 438 students were presented with the high achievement awards for receiving 500 points or more in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent final examination).

This year saw a far greater diversity of schools and students from every county in Ireland in the revised awards scheme.

Entrance Exhibition Award recipient Ayman Yousif of Good Counsel College, Co Wexford with his mother, Sulafa and Provost.

Congratulating the students on their great achievement, Trinity Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “We are delighted to welcome students from every county in Ireland and from 20 countries worldwide to the Entrance Exhibition Awards ceremony.  We are committed to encouraging a more diverse student community and this year’s revised Entrance Exhibition Awards is part of that mission.   Students from a phenomenal 379 secondary schools along with their school principals and parents have joined us here in Trinity to celebrate their great achievement.”

There has been a 54% increase in the number of second level schools from across the island of Ireland (from 245 schools in 2017, to 379 in 2018). The majority of schools have one student awardee per school which means the diversity of students and schools is far greater.

This year’s changes in the awards scheme meant that students who achieve the highest points among Trinity entrants from their secondary school with a minimum of 500 points in the Leaving Certificate (or its equivalent second level final examinations) are eligible for an Entrance Exhibition Award. This includes bonus points for Mathematics.

Previously, any students receiving 560 or more points (excluding bonus points) were awarded Entrance Exhibition Awards which meant that there could be up to 20 students from any one school.

The Entrance Exhibition Awards were awarded to 238 students from Leinster; 51 students from Connacht; 67 from Munster; 60 from Ulster; and 22 international students from 20 counties.

Entrance Exhibition Award recipient, Brian Maloney of Coláiste Mhuire, Béal Átha Ghártha, Roscomáin with his Principal, Emma O’Malley and Provost.

Out of the overall awardees, 136 students are studying Health Sciences; 120 students are studying Engineering, Mathematics and Science and a further 182 students are studying Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Overall 51% of the 438 awardees are female and 49% are male.


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