Four of Northern Ireland's brightest computer science and engineering students have landed scholarships worth up to £25,000.
Belfast IT software and telecoms services provider Asidua unveiled the four newest recruits to its scholarship programme.
The programme, launched in 2008 in conjunction with Queen's University, offers paid bursaries while complementing academic learning with real-life business experience through paid placements and full-time job opportunities following graduation.
Since its introduction, 16 scholarships have been awarded to local students, and due to its success in Northern Ireland, the initiative was expanded last year to universities in the UK Midlands.
This year's recipients are Andrew Fletcher, Andrew Kingston, Jake Mercer and Michael Drury.
Chief operations officer Angela Canavan recently praised their “outstanding achievement” in securing one of the coveted places.
“Each year the standard of applications to the programme increases in both quantity and quality, and I am confident that each of our newly selected scholars will have a bright career with Asidua,” she said.
Director of Education at Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Lillian Greenwood, described the programme as “an excellent example of how seriously Queen's University Belfast and Asidua take the development of future professionals in the IT and technology sectors”.