At a special online award ceremony today, global medical technology company, BD RCI, made awards to 10 University of Limerick (UL) students under its leading scholarship and bursary programme.
The programme is funded by the company through the UL Foundation to support students from the University’s Access programme, which works to encourage the participation of students from groups who have been under-represented in the University sector.
Four female students studying science and engineering were awarded the BD Bursaries for Women in STEM with a value of €5,000 each. Six students also received the BD Scholarships in Science and Engineering, valued at €2,000 each, based on their outstanding academic achievement. Recipients of the bursaries and scholarships also have the opportunity to be assigned a professional mentor from BD.
Those attending the ceremony were given a virtual tour of BD RCI’s state-of-the-art facility, adjacent to the UL campus in Castletroy. Speaking at the event, BD’s Site Director, Padraig Fitzgerald said: “At BD RCI, we have diverse multidisciplinary experts from 27 different countries working in teams to solve some of the greatest problems facing us and advancing the world of health. BD’s commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion is very important to us as we drive innovation, to better understand patient and customer needs, and to make BD the best possible place for all people to work. We are delighted to continue our support of this very worthy initiative, which provides much needed support to the scientists and engineers of the future.”
Sarah Hartnett, Director of Development at the UL Foundation, responded by saying: “It is fantastic to see pioneering companies like BD RCI demonstrate such leadership with their support of UL students, especially through programmes that promote women in STEM and under-represented student groups at third level. Our thanks to BD for their generous support with this initiative.”
Also attending the event was Deirdre O’Connor, Access Officer at the University, who said: “It makes such a difference to our students when a company like BD RCI demonstrates belief in their abilities. When we see what can be achieved when students are given the appropriate support, we feel a sense of pride and determination to make third level access more equal.”