Two lucky Mid Ulster students will soon be jetting off to study business and management at colleges in the US for one year.
Lauren Millar from Cookstown, and Caoimhe Rose Rafferty of Pomeroy, outshone hundreds of other applicants to win places on the British Council’s prestigious Study USA programme.
Ms Millar, a University of Ulster undergraduate, will spend a year at Mary Baldwin College, Virginia, whilst Ms Rafferty, a Saint Mary’s University College student will be heading to Ferrum College, also in Virginia.
The scholarship programme, which received around 400 applicants from colleges and universities across Northern Ireland, will give 75 students the opportunity of a life-time.
It will enable them to study in a college in one of 34 states, where they will gain valuable international experience and business knowledge, helping to develop their career prospects when they return to Northern Ireland.
Speaking about the programme, David Alderdice, Director of the British Council Northern Ireland, said: “We know that the students departing for the US this year will be great ambassadors for Northern Ireland and will help to further long-term links and connections between our two countries.
“The students will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in their field and their future employability will be enhanced through internships, ambassadorial presentations, and volunteer work in a really international context.
“Most importantly, our students will build links with counterparts in the United States that will last a lifetime.”
Lauren and Caoimhe Rose, underwent a very competitive selection process to clinch their places on the prestigious programme.
The British Council, which is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, manages Study USA on behalf of the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).
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