All Ireland Scholars join WIP in Limerick

We were delighted to convene some exceptional young people from Universities across the Island of Ireland for the inaugural WIP-All Ireland Scholars Summit.

All Ireland Scholars are gifted young students across Northern Ireland and Ireland, who have achieved the highest academic achievements in economically disadvantaged areas.  They receive extra financial support to enable them to participate in all aspects of college life during their third level education.

The Summit, supported by the US Embassy Dublin and the JP McManus Foundation, and hosted by the University of Limerick, sought to build the leadership, personal effectiveness and resilience skills of the next generation of leaders in Ireland.

Speaking at the event, at one of his last official engagements in post, US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley praised WIP’s work stating:

Over six hundred leaders from all communities, from Northern Ireland and Ireland, have been involved in this Program, and it has supported the very best and brightest to succeed and to make progress at all levels of society. Knowing what this Program is about, and what brought you here makes me optimistic for the future.

All Ireland Scholars Summit

University of Limerick

13-15 January 2017

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Attendees at the Summit were treated to a selection of inspiring seminars and skills-building sessions across the weekend from speakers including:

Ben Slimm – WIP Class of 2016, Digital Marketing at Institute of Technology, Tralee
Ian Power – Executive Director at, President & Chairman of the Board National Youth Council of Ireland
Julie O’Leary – WIP Class of 2011, Barrister, Policy Officer at Cork North Central Fine Gael
Martin Dyar – Award winning poet
Sean Gill – WIP Class of 2012, Lead Behavioural Scientist at nudgenomics
Sharon Hickey – All Ireland Scholar (2008), WIP Class of 2010, Research and Advocacy Director at Cornell Centre on the Death Penalty Worldwide
Vicky Kavanagh – WIP Class of 2011, Journalist & Ambassador for

The speakers were joined by a group of WIP Alums who acted as facilitators and peer mentors during the weekend. Special thanks to Ben Slimm, Ciara Buckley, Gintare Lenkeviciute, Lucy Bradfield, Maria Kinsella and Richard Looby for support throughout the Summit.