Dr. Elmer Morrissey Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Dr. Elmer Morrissey Scholarship, which grants an annual award of €1500 to a UCC engineering student who demonstrates academic excellence, contributions to student life and an interest in improving their world.


Elmer Morrissey, who earned both his BE and PhD at UCC, worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Berkeley, California, when he was lost at sea during a sailing race in April 2012. Faced with tragedy, a group of Elmer’s friends—many of them UCC alumni themselves—decided to turn their loss into an opportunity for someone else. Together, they formed a committee, raised funds and established the Dr. Elmer Morrissey Memorial Scholarship.


In April 2015, the scholarship committee chose their first recipient, Kevin Leahy, a UCC PhD student, who would apply his award towards a year of study at UC Berkeley. “The prestige of the scholarship greatly helped me in my application to the lab I hoped to work at, and the funding provided me with much needed help for the set up expenses of moving to the states,” Leahy says. “Since getting over here, I’ve tried to follow Elmer’s example and get involved with as many different groups and clubs as possible. The experience has been absolutely amazing so far, and wouldn’t have been possible without the scholarship.”


The deadline for applications is 20th February 2016. Further details of the scholarship and its requirements may be found at www.elmermorrissey.org, and the application form is available at