The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2013 will
be celebrated this year at an awards luncheon to be held at The Metropolitan Club
in New York City on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Our Guest Speaker
at the lunch will be Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino who will, among
other matters, update the Council on the County’s business promotion and economic
Council President Dennis D. Swanson, in releasing details of this year’s scholarship
awards, said “This is the 29th year in which the Council operated this successful
and admired Scholarship Awards program and I am delighted to announce details of
the Council’s scholarships for this year. Our 2013 student scholars will travel
to the United States and will 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 – usually, the third year of their 4-year bachelors’ study programs.”
President Swanson also noted “The Council is delighted to partner on this program
with Fordham University for those Council Scholars based in New York City.
These Council scholars are accommodated in the residence halls of the Lincoln Center
campus of the college during their time staying in Manhattan. We thank Council member
Dr. John Kezel, Dean of Students at Fordham University for his enthusiastic and
always-generous support of the Council’s Program.”
“Through this Council program, we aim to highlight 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 2013 participating scholars
- Sara Morahan, 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 degree in Financial Mathematics and Economics 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 New York offices of
Global Excess Partners.
- Declan Whiteford who hails from Ballymena, County Antrim is studying
for a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science and Risk Management in Queen’s
University Belfast. He will work at Prudential Financial in Jersey City.
- Byron O’Neill hails from Parteen, Co. Clare and is studying for
a Bachelor of Business Studies degree in Economics and Finance at the University
of Limerick. He will work in New York City at the World Headquarters of
- Melissa McCarthy, who is a native of Donoughmore, County Cork,
is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at University
College Cork. She has been nominated to work with Pfizer, Inc. in New York City.
- Craig O’Connor is a native of Dungarvan, County Waterford and is
a student at University College Cork where he is pursuing a degree in Chemical and
Bioprocess Engineering. He will travel to New Jersey to take up his work assignment
at Council member-firm Merck & Co.
- Elaine Beirne, has been chosen by Dublin City University to participate
as a Council Scholar this year. She is pursuing a Business Studies degree and will
travel to New York City where she will work in the New York City offices of