The WGPA and DCU are delighted to announce a significant expansion of their education partnership. 5 Postgraduate Scholarships are now available to WGPA members, up from 1 previously, while the courses covered have been extended to include any taught Masters programme across all faculties. Applications are now open until 11th September and all qualifying WGPA members are eligible to apply.

The announcement was made on campus with DCU students Muireann Atkinson (Monaghan Football) and Ava Lynskey (Galway Camogie) in attendance. They were joined by DCU president Prof Daire Keogh and WGPA Chair Maria Kinsella, as well as James Galvin and Paul O’Brien, both from DCU Sport & Wellbeing. It is the latest in a series of expanded academic opportunities for WGPA members in 2020, encouraging players to refocus on their continued professional development outside their normal sporting endeavors.

Commenting on the launch, Maria Kinsella, also a DCU graduate, said; “This is a fantastic development in the support on offer for our intercounty players and we’re delighted to strengthen the relationship with DCU. This year in particular will have focused the minds of our members on the need to prioritise their educational development and the breadth of postgraduate programmes available through DCU provides a valuable opportunity to help players towards their professional goals.”

Prof Keogh added: “The expansion of DCU’s scholarship programme for WGPA members shows the strength of our commitment to advancing women in sport. It complements the many positive steps we have taken in this area, such as signing the 20×20 Pledge to promote female sports participation.
These initiatives are part of the University’s broader drive to support and empower female leaders, through highly successful programmes like DCU Women in Leadership.”

For further information on the support available and the application process, contact Gemma@wgpa.ie.