PRESS RELEASE Monday, 11th November 2019
International hockey star to attend Study Away event to highlight sports scholarship opportunities for Irish students
Sports-mad Irish teenagers have a chance to attend some of the world’s most prestigious universities, free of charge. That’s the message from David Hawkins, organiser of the Study Away event, which takes place in Dublin later this week.
The event will focus on opportunities for Irish students to undertake their third-level education abroad. While there are significant fees involved in attending many international universities, Mr. Hawkins explained those with sporting talent can often avail of scholarships that cover all tuition and living expenses during their studies abroad.
“Sports scholarships offer a very exciting option for Irish students when looking at their third-level possibilities,” he said. “Scholarships are offered in a huge range of disciplines including rugby, soccer, rowing, tennis and hockey, to name a few. In fact, 50 per cent of the Irish women’s hockey team – who had such huge success in their Olympic qualifying rounds last week – attended university abroad.
“At the Study Away event this Friday, we’re bringing international universities to Ireland to simplify the application process for students here, to give young people and their families an opportunity to speak with me and with universities directly to ask any questions they might have about sports scholarships, university applications, exams, interviews, deadlines, and much more.”
Study Away Event
The Study Away event is taking place this Friday, 15th November 2019, from 6 pm to 8 pm, in The Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Dublin. The event is free to attend and advisors from leading third-level institutions from eight different countries will be on hand to assist students with their applications and give advice and assistance to those wishing to pursue sporting careers.
International Hockey Star
One of those attending the Study Away event will be Great Britain and Scotland hockey international, Holly Cram. Holly, who will be representing the sports scholarship company, Aspire USA, has the first-hand experience of studying abroad on a sports scholarship: she played hockey in the US at the University of Richmond while completed a degree in Literature. She was subsequently selected as an All-American Athlete and is a recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. She went on to play for Scotland and Great Britain and won over 150 caps.
Commenting in advance of her visit to Dublin for Study Away, Holly Cram said: “There are currently 600,000 students playing the sport in the US and a large percentage of those are international athletes. There is over $6 billion worth of scholarship funds and resources available.
“If you’re committed to a sports career and you decide to study in the USA on a sports scholarship, there is no environment like it anywhere in the world. It is like being a full-time professional athlete while studying for your degree in some of the highest-ranked universities in the world. The likes of Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Mia Hamm, and hundreds more, have come through the sports scholarship system in US universities. It’s the most competitive sporting culture in the world and you graduate with a degree that sets you up for life – plus it’s fully paid for. It’s a no-brainer.
“Studying abroad was one of the best things I ever did. It was the most fun I’ve ever had, and I had the time of my life. It set me up for a long international hockey career and I have a world-class degree on top of that. When I was trying to figure out which university to go for, it was tricky because I didn’t know what to expect – and it was difficult to find information about how to apply or even which universities offered the right sports scholarships for me. That’s why events like Study Away are so important – universities are bringing the information directly to the students. We’re here to make it simple, successful and reassuring too”.
The University Guy
David Hawkins, the organiser of Study Away, is known internationally as “The University Guy”. Based in the UK, in 2019 alone, he has helped hundreds of students gain acceptance into over 80 institutions around the world. He provides one-to-one tutoring and guidance to students and their families, helping them to secure a place at the top university of their choice, and making the applications process clear, manageable and successful.
The Study Away event in Dublin, which is supported by Unifrog, is free to attend and is now open for registrations on www.studyaway.ie.