Many Irish student grants and scholarships exist for students from various backgrounds. One such background for which financial assistance is available to students seeking a degree is that of Irish ethnicity or descent. Grants and scholarships are available to help Irish students achieve their educational goals, either of studying in the United States or in Ireland. Choosing a scholarship or study grant in Ireland is an option for students of an Irish background can be helpful in funding studies.

Irish American Scholars Program

The Business Education Initiative (BEI) is part of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. The Initiative offers undergraduate students from Northern Ireland the opportunity to study abroad in the United States. The Irish American Scholars Program offers study opportunities in Northern Ireland to a select number of Irish-American students “as a means of thanking our US Colleges and Universities for hosting BEI students." Irish scholarships are available to eligible students that must attend one of the church-affiliated colleges or universities in America that participate in the BEI program, must have a grade point average of at least 3.2 and must be nominated by a faculty member at the college or university where they are studying. After their nomination, interested students are to submit an application, an essay detailing his educational goals during the time spent in Ireland, one letter of reference from an academic adviser and one from a faculty member and an official transcript. Additional requirements for specific study includes potential art students submitting a CD-ROM featuring their work. Under the Irish scholarships, tuition and fees are waived but students are still responsible for their books, room and board and travel costs.

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George L. Mitchell Scholarship Program

The US-Ireland Alliance, founded to strengthen relations between the two countries, sponsors the George L. Mitchell Scholarship Program. The scholarship was named for a former U.S. senator who worked for peace in Northern Ireland. Twelve individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have already earned a bachelor’s degree are chosen each year to complete one year of postgraduate study at one of the participating Northern Ireland universities. Applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and a dedication to service and must be citizens of the United States. The scholarship award includes tuition, housing and stipends for living expenses and international travel.

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John T. and Elizabeth Downs Cartan Scholarship

The John T. and Elizabeth Downs Cartan Scholarship is available to students studying at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. Applicants must demonstrate financial need for these Irish scholarships established in by Mrs. Mary Cartan Hendry, '67. As stated on the Saint Xavier University website, the scholarship will be awarded “to a student from Ireland, to a student from the Republic of Ireland, preferably from a Mercy secondary school in Trim, County Meath or Scoil Mhuire.” If no student from Ireland applies for the scholarship, it will be awarded to an American student who is both of Irish descent and from Cook County, Illinois.

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Chicago, IL 60655 773-298-3000

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