At a recent function in the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon six lucky students received €1,000 each from the Josie Martin Scholarship Fund. The Scholarships are now in their sixth year and are co-funded by the local Credit Union offices and Leitrim County Enterprise Fund.
The Scholarships were formed in memory of the late Josie Martin who greatly enhanced the establishment and development of the Credit Union movement throughout Leitrim. Josie was also was instrumental in the establishment of the Leitrim County Enterprise Fund , which provided low cost finance to the local business sector, at a time when credit was difficult to secure. The scholarships bring these two organisations together to honour the Late Josie while assisting Leitrim students financially in achieving a third level education. Since the establishment of the awards €36,000 have been awarded to Leitrim Students.
Mr. Gerry McGee on behalf of the Credit Unions outlined how glad they were to be associated with the scholarships in memory of Josie for all the great work he did over the years. He outlined all the services available to students through their local Credit Union and how important a resource they are in the current climate and congratulated them in winning the award and wished them every success in their studies.
Mr. Camillus Martin, who presented the awards on the night on behalf of the Martin Family, wished all the students every success in their future studies and thanked the organisers for the continued support in funding the scholarships.
Mr. Joe Lowe Secretary of the Leitrim County Enterprise Fund thanked the Credit Unions (Annaduff, Ballinamore, Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrigallen, Drumshanbo and Mohill) for their co-operation and co-funding of the scholarships. This year saw a marked increase in applications in many of the branches. The scholarships are awarded through an open draw process with all applicants having an equal opportunity to win. All applicants were members of their local Credit Union.
In these times many parents are finding that their local credit Union understands their needs in assisting in the expense of college and are there to help if possible.