The Rev. John M. Conlisk Irish Scholarship to the Charles F. Dolan School of Business is proving to be a wonderful game changer for the latest recipient.
Bernadette Liston, 23, learned in May 2013 that she had been awarded the scholarship to attend the Dolan School, worth about $55,000. It is given annually to a graduate student from Ireland to help his or her career prospects.
With Ireland’s unemployment rate hovering around 13 percent, the opportunity came just as Liston found herself at somewhat of a crossroads.
“Massive decisions would have faced me if I hadn’t come to Fairfield – find a job in Ireland’s unsteady economy, apply for graduate programs in Ireland or emigrate to find work in countries like Australia or Dubai like so many other Irish young people,” said Liston, who hails from County Limerick.
The Rev. John M. Conlisk Irish Scholarship at Fairfield was founded 22 years ago by a group of Irish Americans led by Fairfield University trustee Kevin M. Conlisk ’66. The scholarship is named for Conlisk’s late brother, a 1954 Fairfield Prep graduate who served the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Liston earned a business degree from the University of Limerick’s Kemmy Business School.
Now enrolled in the MBA program with a concentration in accounting, she hopes to begin her career in America, working for one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms.
“Each scholar I have worked with has seen this opportunity as a life-changer,” said Dr. Mark Ligas, associate dean and director of graduate programs at the Dolan School.