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Disadvantaged students benefit from bursary at NUI Galway
Chairman Emeritus Terence O’Malley with scholars Ava Cullinan and Emily Donnellan

28 Sep 2021 / education Print

Disadvantaged students benefit from scholarship

DLA Piper emeritus chair Terence O’Malley, who has family roots in the west of Ireland, was welcomed recently to NUI Galway by Professor Geraint Howells, executive dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law.

The Terence O’Malley DLA Piper Scholarship has been set up in partnership with the School of Law at NUI Galway.

It will provide funding and support to study for a law degree at NUI Galway.

O’Malley met the inaugural scholars, BCL students Ava Cullinan, from Kilrush, Co Clare, and Emily Donnellan, from Maree, Co Galway.

Terry O’Malley said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit the NUI Galway campus and meet the first scholars. It is very gratifying to hear about the impact of the awards as well as having the opportunity to visit the School of Law and learn about the education and learning on offer.”

Professor Howells said it was a pleasure to welcome Terence O’Malley to NUI Galway and thank him in person.

The Terence O’Malley DLA Piper Scholarship launched last year following Mr O’Malley’s retirement from a highly-regarded legal career.

O’Malley served in various roles including as DLA Piper's US managing partner, US co-chair, and global co-chief executive officer.

A separate annual bursary is also awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade in the University’s new law and innovation module.

Scholar Ava Cullinan said: “Having received this scholarship, the financial burden I carry throughout my journey to become a solicitor has greatly lessened.

“I believe that a disadvantaged background should not hinder me from accessing my full potential, and it is in this regard that I cannot understate the importance and impact of the scholarship on both my personal and professional aspirations.”


Scholar Emily Donnellan said: “The scholarship has afforded me relief and a greater sense of security while pursuing my studies so far.

“I hope to represent and advocate for people in the justice system. I enjoy working with and helping others and I would hope to make a positive contribution to society through a career in law.”

Applications details for the 2021 scholarship will be announced in October.

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