New Queen's Scholars announced
Ten of Northern Ireland's brightest students have won a free university education - for their achievements outside the classroom.
Queen's University Belfast (QUB) has promised to pay tuition fees totalling more than £150,000 for its 10 new Queen's Scholars who will be starting undergraduate degrees later this month.
Isabel Jennings, from QUB, said: "Each of the Queen's Scholars has demonstrated exceptional leadership and enterprise skills and an outstanding commitment to social responsibility which, alongside their academic strengths, mark them out as the best and brightest young people Northern Ireland has to offer."
More than from 150 students were nominated by 83 schools and colleges across the country.
A shortlist of 68 pupils attended a selection day at Queen's and were assessed on a range of competencies by a number of business leaders.
Four of the Queen's Scholars have chosen to study medicine while some of the others have opted for degrees in maths, chemistry, law and dentistry.
QUB domestic recruitment manager Anthony McGrath said: "The Queen's Scholars awards are among the most prestigious available from any UK university.
"They are the latest addition to Queen's annual undergraduate scholarship package, which is worth £300,000 per year, benefits approximately 200 students, and represents a crucial investment in Northern Ireland's future prosperity."
The ten Queen's Scholars are:
:: Rebekah Ruth Craig (Belfast), Strathearn School, Belfast - Maths.
:: Rachel Cullen (Belfast), Grosvener Grammar School, Belfast - Medicine.
:: Eoin Curran (Crossgar), St Patrick's Grammar School, Downpatrick - Medicine.
:: Daryl Jane Hinchcliffe (Carrowdore), Glenlola Collegiate School, Bangor - Chemistry.
:: Nina Lloyd-Humphreys (Donaghadee), Sullivan Upper School, Holywood - Law.
:: Katie McComb (Lisburn), Victoria College, Belfast - Medicine.
:: Jordan McCullough (Carrickergus), Carrickfergus Grammar School, Carrickfergus - French and Spanish.
:: Bronagh McGuckin (Maghera), St Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt - Dentistry.
:: Aoife McQuaid (Banbridge), Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry - Law and French.
:: Jason Nicoletti (Broughshane), Ballymena Academy, Ballymena - Medicine.