A computer science student at Ulster University’s Magee Campus has been awarded a place on the prestigious Civica Scholarship Programme, worth up to £25,000.
Colum Ferry and his family recently attended a prize giving ceremony at the Civica offices in Belfast where family members and university representatives joined Civica in congratulating the new scholars.
Civica is a market leader in critical software applications, digital solutions and business process services that helps organisations transform the way they work.
“It was an incredible opportunity that I couldn’t miss,” said Colum.
“I saw the scholarship as a way of enhancing university with first class project experience,” he said.
The company expanded its successful IT Scholarship Programme this year by awarding places to four of the Province’s best IT and Engineering students. The other recipients along with Colum are based at Queen’s University, Belfast and each of the four students have secured a scholarship package worth up to £25,000.
Since its launch, 42 leading IT and Engineering students across the UK have been placed on the programme.
Mairin Nicell, senior lecturer and courses’ coordinator, School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University, said: “Our students are learning both theory and practical skills at university. Civica’s Scholarship Programme allows them to apply those skills on real world projects.”
As part of the programme, Civica’s new scholars get the opportunity to work alongside talented professionals during paid summer and year out placements.
The Civica Scholarship Programme was launched in 2008 with the co-operation of leading universities in Northern Ireland and the West Midlands, England. It was set up with the aim to nurture fresh talent in the UK IT sector, said the Managing director of Civica Digital Solutions Ireland, Angela Canavan.
In bringing the ceremony to a close, Ms Canavan said: “At Civica we encourage our people to develop their full potential in an open and supportive environment.
“Having already shown their outstanding talent, we are confident our Scholarship Programme can help our new scholars to further stand out from their university peers – giving them the necessary skills, training and vital experience needed to have a successful career in IT.”
The new scholars will continue with their first year studies at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, returning this summer to begin their first industrial placement with Civica.