An asylum seeker who received anonymous donations of about €20,000 to pay for her first year at Trinity College Dublin has been granted the right to remain in Ireland.
Nadezda (Nadia) Prochukhan (20) came to national attention in 2014 when she got 615 points in her Leaving Cert and donors enabled her to fulfil a dream to study chemistry .
Her case helped lead to a change last year when the minister for education announced that asylum seekers would be allowed third-level student grants.
Ms Prochukhan said she was “so grateful” to those who helped her . “People I never met donated money for me to attend my first year of college and that is why I’ve been able to get where I am today.”
Ms Prochukhan, her mother Tatiana and younger sister Maria were told recently that their application to remain in Ireland, submitted in September 2011, had been approved.
“The letter said we have permission to stay in Ireland for three years so we are entitled to everything an Irish citizen is entitled to, apart from being able to vote. We can become Irish citizens in five years which would be amazing ,” Tatiana said.