Thursday 19th January, 2012St. Macartan’s College Student Joins Elite UCD Scholars Group
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St. Macartan’s College 2011 Leaving Cert student Darren McMahon was awarded a UCD Ad Astra Elite academic scholarship at O’Reilly Hall UCD on Thursday last. The UCD Ad Astra Academic scholarship programme is for exceptional high-achieving students and provides recipients with additional support and unique opportunities during their degree programme at UCD. Darren and his fellow recipients have already demonstrated academic excellence in their pre-university studies and examinations with recipients of the scholarship attaining at least 6 A1 grades at higher level in the Leaving Certificate.


The UCD Ad Astra Academic scholarship programme is designed to help scholars to further foster and challenge their academic potential in a university environment. Benefits of the Ad Astra Academic Scholars programme include, individual academic mentoring, early access to advanced modules, participation in Universitas 21 network, access to distinguished alumni, a place on a graduate programme, fee remission, reduction of on-campus accommodation cost and a stipend.

Darren McMahon is a first year medical student at UCD.