TERMON AND DONEGAL defender Nicole McLaughlin was the recipient of one of 23 scholarships presented by the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA).
McLaughlin is studying for a BA in Secondary Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies at St Patrick’s College in Thurles.
At a ceremony in Druids Glen Hotel in Wicklow, the 21-year-old was presented with her scholarship.
McLaughlin was a member of the Donegal team that won the 2015 Ulster Senior Ladies Football Championship and has been part of a golden generation of Termon that includes the 2014 All-Ireland Club Championship win.
Picture caption: Nicole McLaughlin, left, with her sister Geraldine after Donegal won the 2015 Ulster senior ladies championship.
This is the second year of scholarships presented by the WGPA, which now represents over 1,100 members.
Twenty-three players from 16 counties were recipients of scholarships.
“Our student members are a priority group for us; they are our future and will lead the way for our games going forward,” said WGPA Chairperson Aoife Lane.
“It is important that we support their ambition to be committed and successful in their academic and sporting pursuits. Our message to student athletes in particular is to Go Higher, and to take every opportunity they can to develop as athletes and as learners.”