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People First Credit Union Info Evening empowers College-bound Laois students
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People First Credit Union Info Evening empowers College-bound Laois students

People First Credit Union Successful Info Evening for Students

People First Credit Union held their Free Practical Information Evening for students and their parents, aimed at providing valuable insights for those in 5th Year and 6th Year. Taking place on Thursday, April 4th, at the Killeshin Hotel, the event was enthusiastically received by attendees.

Speakers Carol Murphy, marketing manager People First; Donnchadh O’Mahony, secondary school guidance counsellor and podcaster; Louise Cantillon, tv and radio presenter and Seán Dunne, CEO People First at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

The evening was designed to equip students and parents with essential insights into financial planning, navigating SUSI funding, and making informed career choices, as they prepare for the transition to college life. With a lineup of esteemed speakers and engaging topics, the event proved to be both informative and inspiring.

The People First Youth committee, from left: Belinda Gyves, Carol Murphy, Emma Sinnott and Sandra Bergin (Julian Nagi missing from photo) at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

One of the highlights of the evening was the keynote address by Louise Cantillon, a renowned TV and radio presenter and wife of Limerick hurler Declan Hannon . Her journey from education to a thriving media career resonated with the audience, offering valuable perspectives on navigating career paths beyond academia.

Demi Adebiyi (Scoil Chroist Rí) is presented with her €1,000 scholarship by Sandra Bergin and Belinda Gyves from People First at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Attendees were also treated to insightful presentations from other distinguished speakers:

– Carol Murphy, Marketing Manager at People First Credit Union, provided in-depth knowledge on financing third-level education and details about the People First Scholarship Award.

Looking after registrations, from left, back: Claire Brophy, Emma Sinnott, Ailish Heffernan, Mary Sexton and Ilze Skuke. Front: Sandra Bergin and Michelle Langton at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

– Donnchadh O’Mahony, a Leaving Cert Guidance Counsellor and podcast host, offered valuable advice on making informed career choices and dealing with the challenges of college life.

Naomi Grant-Akande (Portlaoise College) is presented with her €1,000 scholarship by Sandra Bergin and Belinda Gyves from People First at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

– Cian Power, a Student Budgetary Advisor and former National Taskforce Member on Youth Mental Health, shared expertise on educational supports, funding options, and maintaining mental well-being during the college years.

Diane Conroy, Medb Conroy, Polina Acubet and Dena Acubet at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Throughout the evening, attendees actively engaged with the speakers, participated in free draws, and took advantage of the opportunity to gather insights crucial for their educational journey.

Rufina Colley, Lucy Doyle and Georgina Doyle at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Carol Murphy, Marketing Manager at People First Credit Union, expressed her gratitude to all attendees and speakers, stating, “We are thrilled to see such a positive response to our Information Evening. It was heartening to witness students and parents actively engaging with the speakers and taking steps towards empowering their educational futures.”

Nasiba and Amani Chehadeh at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

As the event concludes, People First Credit Union encourages all interested individuals to explore the opportunities available, including the People First Scholarship Award. Applications for scholarships are now open and can be submitted through the People First Credit Union website. €1,000 will be granted to one leaving cert student in each secondary school within their common bond who is attending college for the first time in 2024.

Naomi Grant-Akande (Portlaoise College); Ann Grant and Saoirse Grant-Omoregie at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.

To apply for the scholarship and other educational initiatives, please visit https://peoplefirstcu.ie/loans/student-loan.

Kate Foley from St. Paul’s Monasterevin and Maggie Cronin at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Zuzana, Marek and Viktoria Juricek at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Aisling and Liz Ramsbottom at the People First Credit Union Preparing for the Leaving Certificate & Going to College information evening in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Picture: Alf Harvey.