Choctaw Community Scholarship Programme Extended

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A three-year extension to a scholarship programme for members of the Choctaw Community has been announced by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD.

The scholarship was announced in 2018 and following a pilot phase, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, University College Cork and the Chahta Foundation have agreed to extend it for three years.

The scholarship covers the tuition fees at the EU rate and a stipend of €10,000 towards the student’s living costs.

Choctaw Community Scholarship

Speaking today Minister Harris said:

“I am really delighted my department, UCC and the Chahta Foundation have agreed to extend this important scholarship for a further three years.

“This scholarship was put in place to recognise the great act of generosity and humanitarianism shown by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma towards the Irish people during the Great Famine. It has helped foster greater ties between our two nations.

“Today we are announcing its extension and committing to continuing to share knowledge and support each other’s culture.”

This annual scholarship programme will support a member of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in pursuing academic studies in Ireland, for a period of up to one academic year.

The scholarship is an opportunity to increase understanding of this historic relationship and further advance relations. The scholarship is open to students from a wide range of academic disciplines.

Students can choose from a range of taught Masters at the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences at UCC.

“We announce this important step today as the first recipient of the scholarship, Jessica Militante, graduates today. Congratulations to Jessica and we wish her all the best. I hope to see many more graduations from this scholarship over the coming years.”

Steven Galvin

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