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2011 Student Work Experience Scholarships Presentation
Scheduled for Council Awards Lunch June 9 In New York City
Council Will Also Honor Dr. John Hegarty For His Notable Achievements
as Provost of Trinity College Dublin

New York, NY: May 20, 2011 – The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2011 will be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Council President Dennis D. Swanson, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship awards, said "We are again this year delighted to announce details of the Council’s scholarships program. We have operated this successful and admired Scholarship Awards program for the past 27 years."

Dr. John Hegarty
President Swanson also announced that the Council will make a special presentation to Dr. John Hegarty for his notable achievements during his tenure as Provost of Trinity College Dublin. "We are pleased to recognize the splendid work done by Dr. Hegarty, who has been a consistent and loyal supporter of the Council over many years. As his retirement this year draws near, we mark the many successes he has scored at the helm of one of the world’s great institutes of learning. We value the relationship the Council enjoys with Universities in Ireland and especially with Trinity College Dublin."

Mr. Swanson added "The Council is looking forward to welcoming our 2011 student scholars who will travel to the United States to work temporarily in American corporations. The scholarships provide work assignments linked to the fields of study and academic disciplines which the undergraduate scholars are pursuing in Ireland. Typically, the Council's scholarship candidates are undergraduate university students in their next-to-final or junior year of college – usually, the third year of their four-year bachelors' study programs."

President Swanson also noted "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. We thank Council member Dr. John Kezel, Dean of Students at Fordham University, for his enthusiastic and generous support of this Council education initiative."

"This Council program is aimed in part at spotlighting the excellent educational infrastructure which has been developed throughout the island of Ireland. Universities in Ireland, North and South, participate. This year colleges in Cork, Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Limerick will be represented in the program", Mr. Swanson noted.

Students selected by their colleges as the Council's 2011 participating scholars are:

  • Damien Small who hails from Dungannon in County Tyrone is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree in Queen’s University Belfast. He will work at Prudential Financial in Jersey City.

  • Ekaterina Andonova is studying for a Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Limerick. She will work in the New York offices of Global Excess Partners.

  • Sheila Courtney is a native of County Meath and is a student at University College Dublin where she is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. Sheila is currently pursuing extra-curricular studies for a semester at the University of Southern California (Santa Barbara) and will travel to New Jersey to take up her work assignment at Council member-firm Merck & Co.

  • Ben Hutchinson is from Dublin and is enrolled at Trinity College Dublin studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in History having finished the third year in a four-year degree course. He will travel to New York City to take up his appointment to work at Mutual of America in New York.

  • Jane Starr, who hails from Tipperary, is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at University College Cork. She has been nominated to work with Pfizer, Inc. in New York City.

  • Maria Gormally, whose home is in Galway, has been chosen by University College Galway to participate as a Council Scholar this year. She is in the third year of her studies pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics degree in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway. She will travel to New York City where she will work in the World Headquarters of News Corporation.

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.