Alice earns her stripes on US business programme

ST MARY’S University College student Alice McElroy has been named as a runner-up in 2018’s Study USA Student of the Year scheme.

The 22-year-old from Strabane spent a year studying business at Shenandoah University, Virginia and hopes to use her new-found knowledge and skills to become an entrepreneur.

Alice was among 50 students from Northern Ireland to successfully graduate from the programme and was honoured at a graduation ceremony at the MAC Theatre in Belfast recently.


Speaking about the programme, Alice said, “The skills I have learned in America are transferable to any working environment and I feel confident stepping into the working world to implement and improve upon my existing and new knowledge.

“And although I loved my academic experience in Shenandoah, my favourite memories are definitely the student life. I loved living on campus as my dorm was like a huge family – I am forever thankful to have made the best friends of my life.”

Alice was named as runner-up in the Student of the Year prize after achieving top academic marks and for an essay highlighting how her experience has helped further her employability. This year’s top award, which was sponsored by Clarendon Fund Managers, went to Niamh Mackin, a Law student at Queen’s University.

Study USA, is managed by the British Council Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for the Economy. Since its formation in 1994, the initiative has sent over 2,000 students from Northern Ireland to all four corners of the United States. Students interested in applying for the Study USA 19-20 programme can apply online now at

This year students can opt to study business and/ or STEM subjects and the deadline for applications for Higher Education Institutions is Monday, November 12 and for Further Education Institutions – Monday, January 14, 2019.


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