DOWNPATRICK student Emma Knight had reason to celebrate when she was awarded an All-Ireland Scholarship of £5,500 from Irish businessman JP McManus.
The scholarship is designed to assist Emma in her pursuit of a higher education qualification. Emma is a past student of South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Downpatrick Campus where she studied Art and Design. Emma was joined by another two past SERC students Dovydas Pliauga and Philip Starritt in receiving this awards.
The All-Ireland Scholarships where first awarded to students in 2008 with the seeds being sown in May 2007 when JP McManus expressed a strong desire to provide funds for the establishment of a Third Level education scholarship scheme for the thirty-two counties of Ireland. He stated that the Celtic Tiger will not be around for ever and that education will be the key for success in more difficult times. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of the results of students final further education exams.
Emma’s dream since she was very young was to become an artist. She studied for a National Diploma in Art and Design at SERC and this is where she discovered her interest in different aspects of art such as surrealism. Emma is thrilled to have won an All-Ireland Scholarship. Being aware of how tough the art world can be, she knows it will dramatically make a difference to achieving many more goals and making a success in her artistic career.
Since completing her course at SERC Emma has progressed to Chelsea College of Art and Design where she is studying a Foundation Diploma.