Published on Monday20thMay2019

Minister McHugh announces establishment of Professor William C Campbell Bursary


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (20th May 2019) announced the establishment of a new scholarship for students with the Professor William C Campbell Bursary.

The scholarship recognises the work of Nobel Prize winner Prof Campbell, from Ramelton, Co Donegal. The competition for the award will be open to students who completed their Leaving Certificate at a Deis school and are beginning their undergraduate studies in the 2019/2020 academic year.

Professor Campbell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2015 for his development of a cure for River Blindness while working with pharmaceutical company MSD.  

The disease is caused by a parasitic worm. Prof Campbell’s treatment has saved the sight of hundreds of millions of people in Africa, Latin America and Yemen.