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For Immediate Release
Contact: Geraldine Byrne
(212) 867 6268

The Council’s 2008 Student Work Experience
Scholarships Awards To Be Presented In New York

New York, NY: Thursday, June 5, 2008 – Details of the Council’s Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2008 were announced today and will be presented at a luncheon meeting of the organization to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 12, 2008. Council President Michael J. Gibbons, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said "The Council’s Scholarship Awards program provides opportunities to student undergraduates from universities in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland to travel to the United States and to work temporarily in American corporations. These scholarships provide project-oriented, meaningful work assignments in U.S. business corporations of all sizes. The assignments are linked to the fields of study and academic disciplines which the undergraduate scholars are pursuing in Ireland."

Mr. Gibbons also noted "The Council has a strict rule in administering this program that the chosen candidate scholars are selected by faculty in the participating universities in Ireland. This year, as it happens, all five of this year’s crop of Council scholars are young women. The Council's participation in this program reflects its interest in highlighting the excellent educational infrastructure which has been developed throughout the island of Ireland."

The Council's scholarship candidates are typically undergraduate university students in their junior year of college - the third year of their four-year bachelors' study programs. The term of the scholarship runs from May thru September each year. The Council partners on this program with Fordham University for those Council Scholars based in New York City - these are accommodated in the residence halls of the Lincoln Center campus of the college during their time in Manhattan. In addition, the Council works with Fordham University on a separate program of internship placements in corporations in Ireland for U.S.-based postgraduate scholars.

Mr. Gibbons added "The Council, for its part, provides a cash award toward each student's travel expenses. The project-oriented employment assignments, which the Council arranges for the students, enhance their learning experiences in America, linked as they are to their field of study. We are indebted to the Universities in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland for their support and assistance in mounting this program.”

Students selected by their colleges as the Council's 2008 participating scholars are:

  • Nathalie Ennis is from Midleton, County Cork who is enrolled at Trinity College Dublin studying for an Economics Major in a four-year Business, Economics and Social Studies Degree. She will travel to New York City to take up her appointment to work at Mutual of America in New York.
  • Helena Keenan hails from Letterkenny, County Donegal and has completed her third year in a four-year degree program to graduate as a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and French at the School of Management at Queen’s University Belfast. Linda will work at Allied Irish Banks in New York.
  • Anne Byrne is a native of Naas, County Kildare and is a student at Trinity College Dublin where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Political Science. She will work at the world headquarters of News Corporation in New York.
  • Sarah Conmy, whose home is in Loughrea, County Galway, has been chosen by NUI Galway to participate as a Council Scholar this year. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biochemistry and will travel to New Jersey to take up her work assignment at Merck & Company.
  • Elaine Stack, from Youghal, County Cork, is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at University College Cork. She has been selected to work with Pfizer, Inc. in New York City.

The Ireland-U.S. Council was founded in 1963 by American and Irish business leaders. Its principal objective is to encourage closer business links between Ireland and America. The Council operates a variety of scholarship and internship programs, stages seminars and hosts frequent events in Ireland and in America aimed at building business bonds and commercial connections across the Atlantic between the island of Ireland and the United States. The Council is not-for-profit corporation with headquarters in New York City and a permanent office in Dublin.