Leading semiconductor solutions provider, Microsemi, who has its European headquarters in Ennis, Co. Clare has generously agreed to commit €50,000 over the next 4 years to continue its scholarship programme in engineering at UL.
As part of the programme, the company awarded a new “Microsemi Women in Engineering” award to a top graduating female student.
Microsemi initially launched its scholarship programme with UL in August 2012 as part of the company’s 20 year anniversary of operations in Ireland. Scholarships to the value of €3,000 euros per academic year, or €12,000 per student are awarded to a first-year engineering student from County Clare with the highest Leaving Certificate points.
“We are pleased to announce the continuation of our €50,000 scholarship programme, as this introduces our company to some of the brightest talent in the region while supporting their academic achievements in engineering,” said Jim Aralis, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Advanced Development at Microsemi. “Leveraging our longstanding relationship with the University of Limerick, engineering students are exposed to internships, hands-on education and coursework which are extremely relevant to Microsemi’s business, products and technologies. Our scholarship programme is both an investment in the future of our company and the success of our Clare community’s most deserving youth.”
The company has also announced its new “Microsemi Women in Engineering” scholarship, a one-time €2,000 award, which is given to the highest performing graduating female student registered in the Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering in Design and Manufacture, or Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering courses at UL.
The new award was presented to Eimear O’Sullivan who graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering degree.
Microsemi’s new award “Expanding our support for the specific achievements of our female students here in our community reflects Microsemi’s ongoing commitment to diversity and to securing top talent for our company,” said Siobhan Dolan Clancy, Vice President and General Manager of Microsemi’s Discrete Products Group. “We congratulate Eimear for achieving such an impressive level of engineering education.”
The University of Limerick and Microsemi have worked together for decades to ensure top-tier engineering resources are available to all students, offering real-world training and education to prepare them for in-demand technology careers. The four recipients of Microsemi’s initial scholarships have each completed an internship or summer employment with Microsemi in one of its three Ireland facilities, reflecting the strong support system the institutions have developed together.
“The University is delighted with this new commitment from Microsemi, which not only rewards excellence in engineering generally, but also further strengthens the university’s commitment to gender equality through its ‘Women in Engineering’ prize,” said Professor Edmond Magner, dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Limerick.
In addition, Laurence Egan, the first recipient of the Microsemi Scholarship in 2012, was awarded the Gold Medal from the University of Limerick on the day of graduations as a joint winner based on his final results at graduation.