Ryan Brodigan, a first year student in the BSc (Honours) in Computing in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), has become the first recipient of the Liberty IT Computing Scholarship. At a prize-giving ceremony held on campus on Monday 14th March, the award was bestowed on Ryan for the academic excellence and programming flair demonstrated throughout his first semester of study in the Institute.
The scholarship initiative was first developed between Liberty IT and DkIT a year ago before coming to fruition last semester. It recognises the hard work and dedication that Ryan and fellow students, have shown in their programming modules since the commencement of their studies in DkIT in September of last year.
As part of the initiative, the winning student gets a monthly stipend for the four years of studies at DkIT and will take up the opportunity of intern placements within Liberty IT. This scholarship, pioneered by Liberty IT together with Queens University and Ulster University in Northern Ireland, provides the prospective students with their first forays into industrial scale IT. Ryan Brodigan explains, “When I first heard about the scholarship, I was attracted by the opportunities it could afford me in developing my industry skills alongside my studies. The financial aspect obviously helps but the real appeal for me lies in the years ahead, where I hope to enhance my knowledge and skills through hands-on experience. I am excited and really looking forward to joining the Liberty IT team this coming summer.”
Head of the Department of Computing and Mathematics in DkIT, Professor Dr Christian Horn, explains: “The scholarship rewards striving for academic excellence which is an integral part of our ethos. The scholarship will support the winning student both from a financial perspective and with first-hand experience within the IT sector. The hard work, dedication and talent that Ryan has shown from the beginning of his studies, was critical to receiving the award.”
For Felim O’Donnell, Director in Liberty IT, supporting and developing future IT talent is a core driver: “Adding new and fresh talent, including scholars, to our organisation is critical in ensuring we remain as an IT industry leader. We welcome Ryan to Liberty IT and look forward to providing him opportunities within our team and forging strong relationships with DkIT in the years ahead.”
In closing the ceremony, Ryan was presented with the scholarship by Felim and Christian.