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150 Students Recognised by the Matheson Foundation and Minister Varadkar

DATE: 01.06.2016

Pictured with some of the students are DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith; Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar; and Chair of the Matheson Foundation, Turlough Galvin.

The Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, honoured some of Ireland’s most talented young people at an awards ceremony in DCU on Saturday, 28 May.

150 students from the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland (CTYI) received certificates at the ceremony for successfully completing the Centre for Academic Achievement (CAA) programme. Chair of the Matheson Foundation, Turlough Galvin and DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith joined the Minister in congratulating the students on their achievement.

Turlough Galvin commented: “The Matheson Foundation has proudly supported CTYI since 2010. It is very encouraging to have Minister Varadkar join the awards ceremony to acknowledge all of the effort undertaken by CTYI, the children and their families.

The Matheson Foundation has two strategic aims: to help children in Ireland fulfil their potential and to encourage corporate philanthropy in Ireland. Our partnership with CTYI helps us to meet these aims through the education that they provide for children from all socio-economic backgrounds and the academic research undertaken into the effectiveness of such education.”

The CAA programme, which is supported by the Matheson Foundation, was designed to give socio-economically disadvantaged primary school students the opportunity to take after-school classes at CTYI. It seeks to encourage students who traditionally would not have access to university resources. Some of the subjects that students have covered include experimental physics, forensic science, aeronautical engineering, architecture, sports science, computers and animation, chemistry and creative writing.

Dr. Colm O’Reilly, Director at CTYI added: “The Centre for Talented Youth at DCU is delighted to recognise the achievements of 150 students from local schools who participated in science and engineering classes at the university over the last year. It is crucially important to recognise academic success to allow all students to fulfill their potential. In the last five years CTYI's partnership with the Matheson Foundation has allowed over 3,000 students to attend CTYI courses that they otherwise would not have been able to attend. DCU is committed to being involved in community initiatives that promote the age friendly university agenda.”

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