Lorraine Twohill, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at technology giant, Google, has gifted an endowed scholarship to Dublin City University to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in accessing a university education.
Lorraine graduated from DCU with an Honours degree in International Marketing & Languages and is currently responsible for Google’s worldwide marketing function. The scholarship will be named after Lorraine’s mother, Teresa Twohill, who passed away 20 years ago. It will support at least one female undergraduate Access student each year.
Speaking at The Ireland Funds Gala Dinner in San Francisco where she was presented with their Distinguished Leadership Award, Lorraine said,
“My parents were both teachers and I have been fortunate enough to have a great education. DCU gave me the confidence and passion for a career that I have loved. I would like to make sure that others get the same opportunities.”
The DCU Access Programme encourages young people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to consider third level education as a viable option and provides the necessary personal, financial and academic supports to help them complete their course of study. It is the largest programme of its kind in the country with 1,300 Access students enrolled at the university in the current academic year. Almost 4,000 students have been supported since the DCU Access programme was first established in 1990, with study completion rates of 93% and and an employment rate of 96%.
Philanthropic donations through DCU Educational Trust are critical in funding DCU’s Access Scholarship Programme. Click here to find out more about the programme and how you can help.