Annual Scholarship

In 2020, SOCIAL inaugurated its ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP which awards a $1000 scholarship to a graduating senior of Irish-American heritage from an accredited high school. Each student will be evaluated based upon a submitted scholarship essay, evidence of leadership and service to school and community, and a letter of recommendation. The applicant’s demonstrated academic ability, as well as any factors relating to the applicant’s character, are considered by the scholarship selection committee. 


All applications are due on December 1st and the winner is announced early in the next year.

In order to be considered, an applicant must:

  • Have applied or be in the process of applying to a recognized and accredited post high school educational institution

  • Graduate from high school in 2022 or have graduated in 2021 and deferred admission to a post high school educational institution for a year

  • Be of Irish descent

  • Reside in the Ninth Judicial District (Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Rockland)

The application must include:

  • An essay of at least 250 words (typed and double-spaced) but no more than 350 words addressing the topic: “How your Irish heritage has influenced your life and goals”;

  • One letter of recommendation (this can be from a teacher, coach or employer);

  • A high school transcript (does not need to be certified). The transcript must include grades for the 9th through 11th year, a three-year average, and class rank (if available);

  • A record of any awards or extracurricular activities, including employment;

  • A record of any service to the community; and

  • A completed Certification and Acknowledgement form.

After review of all written applications, the Scholarship Committee will select the five top candidates who will then be interviewed by the committee before the final winner is decided.

Payment of the scholarship award will be made upon verification in writing of the recipient’s accepted attendance to an accredited post high school educational institution.

Download an application here  ----->