PORTADOWN student Jake Mercer has been awarded a place on the prestigious scholarship programme, securing a package of up to £25,000.
The Asidua Scholarship programme aims to attract the brightest talents into the Northern Ireland IT sector.
In addition to paid bursaries, the programme helps supplement the academic learning from University with real-life business experience through paid placements and full-time job opportunities after graduation.
The Belfast based IT software and telecoms services provider has confirmed that four of Northern Ireland’s brightest IT and Engineering students – Jake, Andrew Fletcher, Andrew Kingston, Jake Mercer and Michael Drury – will be joining their prestigious scholarship programme.
Jake, who studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast said, “I applied as soon as I could. The interview was fast and I was quite relaxed during it.
“I hope to take every opportunity to learn and develop as an engineer and I have no doubt that in the future I will have benefited from this unique and invaluable experience.
“I’m delighted and I’m over the moon.”
Jake’s mother, Sharon Robinson, also agreed by adding that her son’s achievement was “a great opportunity from a company that values its staff and invests in its future and is going from strength to strength.”
During a recent award ceremony, each of the scholars were formally welcomed to Asidua by chief operations officer, Angela Canavan. “I would like to welcome Andrew, Michael, Jake and Andrew to Asidua and congratulate them on their outstanding achievement of being awarded places on our prestigious Scholarship Programme.”
“Each year the standard of applications to the programme increases in both quantity and quality, and I am confident that each of our newly selected scholars will have a bright career with Asidua.”
Speaking during the event, director of education at Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Lillian Greenwood, described the programme as “an excellent example of how seriously Queen’s University Belfast and Asidua take the development of future professionals in the IT and technology sectors.
“The ability to study at university and combine it with the professional experience gained at Asidua leads to highly skilled, better prepared graduates. The skills learned by the award winner strengthens their academic development by being given the opportunity to put theory into practice- key to becoming a well rounded professional.”