Leitrim and St. Mary’s star Robbie Lowe has been awarded a prestigious scholarship as part the GPA/DCU Business School Masters Scholars programme.
Lowe is one of five GAA inter-county players have been awarded scholarships to study at the prestigious Dublin City University Business School as part of the Gaelic Players’ Association (GPA) Player Development Programme which supports players in their personal development.
The St. Mary’s forward, recently announced as the Leitrim County Player of the Year for 2013, will be joined by former Fermanagh player Chris Breen on the Executive MBA Programme in DCU, widely recognised as the degree of choice for rising executives with ambitions to become leaders in the business world.
Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and Roscommon’s David Keenan have also been awarded scholarships to complete Masters programmes in Business Management and Finance respectively while Mayo’s Rob Hennelly also received a full GPA scholarship for his Masters in Digital Marketing.
Lowe and Breen will bring to nine the tally of GAA players who have benefitted from the scholarship programme over the last four years. They will join current GPA/DCU Business School MBA scholars and All-Ireland medal winners, Denis Bastick (Dublin) and Jason Sherlock (Dublin) in undertaking a two-year, part-time MBA programme.
Previous scholarship recipients include Patrick Quinn (Sligo), Michael Martin (Louth), Justin McNulty (Laois) and Colin Moran (Dublin).
The DCU MBA programme is aimed at established and mid-career business professionals and technical and engineering specialists who want to make the transition to senior management positions. Participants are typically drawn from a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing and technology, as well as the public and not-for-profit sectors.
Speaking about the announcement, GPA CEO Dessie Farrell said: “I’d like to congratulate Rob and Chris on receiving their scholarships for the Executive MBA in DCU. This is a life-changing opportunity for both players and it is wonderful that we are now celebrating the fourth intake of players under the joint scholarship scheme.
“Our commitment to the education of our players through the GPA Player Development Programme continues to strengthen and DCU Business School has helped lead the way with the MBA and full-time masters’ scholarships.”
The Dean of DCU Business School, Anne Sinnott commented: “The players have been a great addition to our student cohort and have brought many skills from the playing field to the classroom – something that enhances the learning experience for all of the students on their programmes.”