International Athlete, Molly Scott, talks us through her 3rd level journey at IT Carlow, the fantastic support she received and her future hopes


You are always part of our team here at the Institute of Technology Carlow whether you are a current student or part of our 60’000 strong alumni. For Molly Scott, IT Carlow Law graduate who recently passed the Barrister–at–Law Entrance Examination and accepted into King’s Inns, life couldn’t be better. Molly, a high-performance athlete completed her Honours Degree in Law at the Institute while receiving top-class support with training and rehabilitation coupled with an Elite Scholarship.

The scholarship programme affords the elite sports person the opportunity to compete at the highest level while pursuing a course of academic study in Carlow offering resources as well as financial support to athletes to assist with the cost of accommodation, coaching and specialised training equipment.  ‘The sports facilities, supports and scholarship provided by the Institute made my training more accessible. The track, gym and my lecture hall are all within a five minute walk, making my day to day training and studying a lot easier.’  comments Molly.

Although Molly has completed her studies in Carlow she continues to use the Institute facilities to train and study for the next exciting stage of her journey. “I loved my time in IT Carlow. Balancing study and sport was made so much easier because of the support and understanding I received from the Director of Sport, Donal McNally, my course tutors and Programme Director, John Tully. John was a great source of encouragement and made be believe in my potential career wise and continue my athletics career professionally. I have made lifelong friends and really feel at home here at the Institute. I am delighted to be a member of the Institute’s alumni and I look forward to keeping in touch and supporting others who are interested in competing in sport professionally and studying consecutively.” Said Molly.

During her time at IT Carlow Molly won world u20 silver medal in the 4x100 relay; 2018 varsity outdoor champion 100m hurdles, 2019 60m national champion and was European u23 100m finalist.

Her hopes for the future - to get called to the bar and compete at the world university next year in China representing IT Carlow and Ireland. To compete in the European championships in Munich in August 2022 and to represent Ireland in the Paris Olympics 2024.

Molly’s story started at IT Carlow and we wish her every success in her future career and as with all of our alumni we would like to remind you the door is always open at IT Carlow. If you would like to return to the campus or tell us your story since you started your journey with IT Carlow (RTC) join our alumni page on LinkedIn or contact