Student means business with USA scholarship

Mathew Donaghy for m Omagh and Alice McIlroy from Strabane who are off to study business in the US.

OMAGH student Matthew Donaghy is looking forward to an exciting experience in the USA where he will be studying business.

Also making the trip is Alice McIlroy from Strabane.


Matthew, a Law with Politics student at Queen’s University Belfast, recently departed for Edgewood College, Wisconsin, after being selected to take part in the British Council’s prestigious Study USA programme.

The 20 year-old received last minute advice and information at a pre-departure meeting in Belfast, before preparing for his year stateside.

Matthew said, “I am so excited just to get over there and meet new people and experience an American college – I have always wanted to study abroad and Study USA seemed like the perfect program to get a fulfilling experience as an international student.

“During my time in America, I will be studying Business as my major.

“I currently study Law with Politics in Belfast and the competition is high for students to obtain jobs in commercial law.

“I hope that by studying business in an American college it will provide me with an international perspective on business that will help me pursue a career in law.”

The British Council, which is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, manages Study USA on behalf of the Department for the Economy.


The scholarship programme enables students to study business and management for a year in American colleges, across 34 States, where they gain valuable international experience and business knowledge, helping to develop their career prospects when they return to Northern Ireland.

Since its formation in 1994, the initiative has sent over 1,800 students from Northern Ireland to all four corners of the United States where they have successfully completed a year studying

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