About Our Irish Studies Scholarship
The AICS Irish Studies Scholarship was started in 1979 to promote and advance Irish social and cultural studies for the members of the Club. In 2019 the bylaws were changed to make the scholarship available to the general public, and expanded to include all Irish studies (including but not limited to Irish music, Irish dance, Irish song, and Irish sports). So now everyone interested in Irish studies is welcome and encouraged to apply!
Who can apply? Anyone who lives in Oregon or Washington States may apply.
What can I apply for? You can apply for a scholarship for Irish-related studies (including but not limited to Irish music, dance, song, literature, or Irish sports). The study that you are applying for must be in the future up to 12 months from the date of your application.
How much can I apply for? The scholarship fund is limited to $1,000 per calendar year and no more than $500 per recipient, so you can apply for any amount up to $500. There can be more than one recipient of scholarship funds. Sometimes an applicant receives the full allowed $500, sometimes a lesser amount than applied for is awarded, and sometimes an applicant is unsuccessful and encouraged to apply again in future.
When can I apply? Applications may be submitted to the committee between April 1st and February 1st.
When are scholarship recipients chosen and announced? The committee reviews all applications in February. Scholarships are then awarded at the discretion of the board of directors based on recommendations of the scholarship committee. Those receiving scholarship funds will be notified by the committee and announced at our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 17th.
How does an awardee receive their scholarship funds? Funds will only be awarded after a report by the recipient(s) at a general meeting of the All-Ireland Cultural Society. Those general meetings are usually held on the 3rd Saturday of September, November, February, and April.
Either complete the below website form, or print and mail this PDF version of the application to AICS, PO Box 3411, Portland, OR 97208-3411.