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Peter O'Hagan Receives Rob Saunders Scholarship

Boxer and Queen’s University student, Peter O’Hagan, has been announced as the winner of the Rob Saunders Scholarship, funded by one of Ireland’s youngest ever rugby captains and winner of 12 caps between 1991 and 1994.

Thanks to the generosity of Queen’s alumnus and former Irish international rugby player, Rob Saunders, this unique opportunity was made available to undergraduate students from lower income households, enabling them to apply for a complete package of financial support for their time at Queen’s. As the successful scholar, Peter will receive full payment of undergraduate fees for three years; an additional annual bursary of £3,500 to support living, travel and other expenses; alongside mentoring and coaching from Rob Saunders, himself, and from the team at Queen’s Sport.

Peter began his boxing training at the age of nine, at St. Joseph’s boxing club leading to his first competitive fight at the early age of eleven. Since then, he has stormed onto the boxing scene, winning nine Ulster championship titles and reaching three All-Ireland finals in the sport.

Speaking about winning the scholarship Peter said: 

“I applied for this scholarship because, upon reading what the successful candidate would receive, it presented a much clearer path for me to succeed both in sport and academics. Whenever I received the call and found out that I was successful, I was in disbelief: I couldn’t believe that I had been the successful recipient!

"Going from being a student that repeated sixth form, to one with a full scholarship still hasn’t settled in. This scholarship allows me to focus on my studies and my sport, without the burden of financial pressure, and I know that both me and Rob have a great future ahead of us.”

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