Launch of the Timothy Dimka Scholarship sponsored by Smurfit Kappa
On Thursday August 31st the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Linda Doyle launched the Timothy Dimka scholarship in the TCPID. This scholarship is being sponsored by our TCPID Business Partner Smurfit Kappa.
Timothy Dimka was a student of the Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice from September 2020 until he very sadly passed away in September 2021. He successfully passed the first year of the course after completing the full academic year remotely during the Covid pandemic. Timothy attended orientation for 2nd year on campus in September 2021 with the rest of his class and got to meet all his classmates and the TCPID team in person for the very first time. He very sadly passed away unexpectedly a few days later, just before the new academic year started. We all feel blessed that we got to meet with him and chat to him on orientation day.
Timothy was a wonderful young man who had such a positive impact on everyone who he met. Having this new scholarship in his name is a beautiful way to remember him.
Smurfit Kappa have been a business partner of the TCPID since August 2019. They provide annual funding for the programme, as well as student work placements, graduate internships, student workshops and other supports.
In 2023, Smurfit Kappa offered to fund a scholarship programme for the TCPID. It was proposed to them to name the scholarship programme in memory of Timothy and they were very happy to agree to this. There will be an annual scholarship for one student every year.
We also had the opportunity to celebrate two other TCPID scholarship programmes at the event. The Margaret McLoughlin scholarship and the new Provost scholarship.
The McLoughlin family have been huge supporters of the TCPID for many years. Their support has been in memory of their daughter / sister Margaret who very sadly passed away 20 years ago. Margaret had a real enthusiasm for education and for art, so their support for the TCPID is very personal and very meaningful for the family. The McLoughlin family set up the TCPID Art Education Space in 2017 and then the Margaret McLoughlin TCPID scholarship in 2020. This scholarship programme provides one new scholarship every year.
The McLoughlin family had the opportunity to meet with some of their scholarship recipients at the event and to remember Margaret in a special way in her 20th anniversary year.
The Provost has also generously set up a new scholarship programme for our students which will provide a scholarship for one student every year.
This event was a very special opportunity for us to thank all of our sponsors of the three fantastic scholarship programmes. It also allowed us to remember and celebrate Timothy, along with all his family and his classmates. Timothy made such a big impact on all of our lives in the short time that we knew him and we will never forget him.