Amy looks forward to year in US after winning award

Amy Richardson with Ambassador Dan Rooney and Brian Doran, CE of SRC.
Amy Richardson with Ambassador Dan Rooney and Brian Doran, CE of SRC.

A Portadown student is looking forward to a work placement with the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team and a place at a top US university after winning a prestigious award.

Amy Richardson, an HND student in Business and Finance, recently received The Southern Regional College’s Rooney Fellowship Award 2015-16 .

This marks the 23rd year for the award which enables a student at the College to undertake an internship and placement in Pittsburgh.

The Rooney Fellow will combine studies at the world-renowned Duquesne University with periods of work placement in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Heinz Corporation.

Dan Rooney, former American Ambassador to Ireland and owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with his wife Patricia, travelled to Newry to make the presentation last month.

Students from the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Business Studies hosted the annual dinner.

Brian Doran, chief executive of the Southern Regional College, welcomed Ambassador Rooney and Mrs Rooney to Newry and expressed his appreciation for their continued support of this unique award.

Mr Doran spoke of his pride in maintaining the College’s links with the Rooney family, thanking them for the support that they continue to provide for all past Rooney fellows.

Mr Rooney spoke of how the Fellowship has endured over 23 years and of his pride in maintaining links with his ancestral home in Newry. He stated that the Fellowship had grown stronger with each passing year and of the importance of maintaining the links with Pittsburgh that originated through the work of Seamus Mallon, MP.

Dr Raymond Mullan acknowledged the work of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh team including Jim Lamb and Rob Tierney in providing much needed support advice and guidance to the Rooney Fellows throughout their time in the US.

Amy will commence her internship in mid August 2015 and will study at Duquesne University during 2015-16.