Two Roscommon students awarded scholarships through BNM programme

Two Roscommon students were among those recently awarded scholarships through Bord na Móna’s ‘Pathways to the Future’ programme. The scholarships were awarded by Bord na Móna Chief Executive Tom Donnellan at company headquarters in Newbridge, Co. Kildare recently.

Following the launch of Bord na Móna’s ‘Pathways to the Future’ programme last August, the first scholarship presentation for the Scholarship Pathway of the programme took place recently at the company headquarters in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

On the day, ten successful applicants were awarded scholarships for the programme, including Eoin McManus from Athlone, studying for a BEng in Renewable and Electrical Engineering at University of Limerick, and Orla Cox from Lanesboro, studying for a degree in General Science at UCD.

The ‘Pathways to the Future’ programme consists of three different pathways: a Scholarship Pathway, a Graduate Pathway, and an Apprenticeship Pathway, each offering different choices, educational support and career development opportunities to a broad range of people.

All three of the pathways provide opportunities to work on the front line of climate action and sustainable economic development.

The Bord na Móna Scholarship Pathway is offering the ten successful applicants financial support to for access to studies through scholarships. The scholarship includes a monetary grant, future work placement opportunity, site visits to Bord na Móna projects and a Bord na Móna assigned mentor, with eligible candidates needing to be enrolled in undergraduate studies (level 8), masters or doctoral studies.

Tom Donnellan, Chief Executive of Bord na Móna described the programme as a fantastic opportunity for apprentices, graduates and students to get “hands-on experience”.

“This is a unique programme, offering three pathways for those wanting to become part of the solution to climate change,” he said.

“These programmes aim to encourage a new generation of ambitious, creative and future-focused women and men to develop their career within a progressive company and to help them inspire change and meet Ireland’s climate goals”.

Sharon Doyle, Head of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Bord na Móna said: “Bord na Móna is delighted to be able to offer support to students interested in looking at new ways to tackle climate change. We will now be supporting our ten successful applicants during their studies and will aim to enable them to proactively tackle the key issues linked to climate change, and to learn a wide range of skills alongside the very best experts our industry has to offer”.