Local student selected for prestigious US political programme

May 4, 2015

A young south Armagh student has been selected to take part in this year’s Washington Ireland Program (WIP), a prestigious scheme offering work experience and educational opportunities in the US for thirty specially selected students from across Ireland and the UK.

Brian Harvey from Glassdrummond near Crossmaglen, successfully progressed through a rigorous and extensive selection process, beating off stiff opposition from more than 400 applicants, to secure his place among the 30 exceptional emerging leaders representing 13 different universities and educational institutions.

WIP is a cross-community and cross-border organisation that identifies students who demonstrate leadership potential and have a substantial track record of service.  The scheme builds upon their skills through work experience, educational opportunities and hands-on citizenship both at home and in the US.  Through these efforts, its aim is to help build the next generation of leaders that will achieve a peaceful, stable and prosperous future for Northern Ireland and Ireland.  Among the many notable alumni are Irish Health Minister Leo Varadkar TD and Chris Lyttle, MLA for Belfast East.

This year’s class is the 21st such undertaking for WIP, with its key priority being a commitment to excellence, equality and diversity.

A degree student at University of Ulster, Brian was previously educated at Newry High School.

Commenting on his successful selection, he said: “I am privileged to have been selected for the programme and I am enthusiastic about the many challenges I will encounter in Washington DC .”

Brian will spend eight weeks in the US capital this summer and is hoping that from his experience that he will make a significant impact within his local community, while also enhancing his professional and interpersonal skills.