WP Engine announces LIT scholarship

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28 November 2016 | 0

WP Engine is to offer a four-year scholarship at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) beginning in the 2017 academic year to support an undergraduate student who is passionate about technology.

The WP Engine Future Technology Leaders scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in any field related to technology. The scholarship will be part of LIT’s Leaders@LIT student scholarship fund, which aims to widen participation in higher education by alleviating the financial burdens experienced by students so they can fully concentrate on their education.

President of LIT Prof Vincent Cunnane said: “This programme puts Higher Education within the reach of students with the ability and ambition to undertake it, but whose financial circumstances preclude them. This represents a really important part of our ethic to be able to make third level education accessible to all.

“I would like to recognise the support being given by WP Engine so soon after its investment in Limerick. For a company to start to impact so positively so early is really fantastic. It is beneficial for the company, the scholar and society here in Limerick.

“One of the unique aspects of the Leaders@LIT programme is that it matches donors like WP engine directly with the students they support. I hope that as time goes on, WP Engine will see the fruits of its support through the success of the scholar supported by it.

April Downing, chief financial officer, WP Engine, said: “Just as WP Engine believes the Web should be universally accessible so too should opportunities for higher education.”

“As a company, one of our core values is a commitment to giving back to our communities. With this scholarship, we are making an investment to inspire and help students at LIT excel in their studies and become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the financial barriers that prevent them from entering these fields.”

WP Engine operates a technical support & innovation centre in Limerick, which is expected to create 100 jobs over three years. Founded in 2010, it is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in San Francisco, San Antonio, London and Limerick.

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