Conor Arkins(2014) Presented with the Quercus Talented Student Scholarship in UCC

On Tuesday December 1st Conor Arkins (2014) was among 17 students who were presented with the Quercus Talented Student Scholarships by UCC President Dr Michael Murphy and UCC’s Vice President for Teaching and Learning, Professor John O’Halloran.

In his speech praising Conor and his fellow Scholarship recipients, Professor O’Halloran said “The Quercus Talented Students’ Gala dinner is a very uplifting night. It allows us celebrate the extraordinary talent of our Quercus scholars along with their families, former schools and the ongoing Quercus Scholars whose achievements we celebrated last year. Excellence underpins everything we do at UCC, and we recognise outstanding students when they join, as well as those who develop their talents while studying here”.

Quercus Talented Student Scholarships are awarded in five categories (academic, sport, innovation/entrepreneurship, active citizenship and creative and performing arts) and can be worth up to €10,000 per year. Conor was awarded his scholarship in the performing arts category.

Conor performed Micheal O’Suilleabhain’s, “Woodbrook” to the audience and received a standing ovation after the Presentations and Dinner.

Conor is currently teaching traditional fiddle and flute to students in Glenstal and is also in charge of the School Orchestra which will be performing at the Carol Service this Sunday, December 4th.

Also receiving a Quercus Scholarship was Sarah Jameel, an ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution movement, who recently became a worldwide hit with her ‘Love Letter to Beirut, Paris and Beyond’, an emotional peace appeal after the Paris and Beirut terror attacks that went viral and was picked up by The Huffington Post in the US.

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