More than just beer...
Starting out at four $1,000 scholarships per year, now six $2,000 scholarships are awarded to students in the tri-county area every year. (Plus: Pageant scholarships which are $1,500 to Miss Ireland and $1,000 to the Irish Princess.) We are pleased to announce that in 2021 we met the goal to grow the scholarship fund with the Northern New York Community Foundation and increase the number to a minimum of six $2,000 scholarships. Over $230,000 in scholarships have been awarded.
Since the beginning of the Irish Festival, over $1,000,000 has been donated to local charities and scholarships. Some of the local charities that have received donations from the Irish Festival include:
- Children's Home of Jefferson County
- Lewis County Opportunities
- Wounded Warriors
- Fort Drum USO
- Watertown Urban Mission
- Food Bank of CNY
- Dollar Dinners
- Michael J Cerroni Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Johnston School of Irish Dance
- Meals on Wheels
- Many other misc. charities