Starting out at four $1,000 scholarships per year, now six $1,500 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.) The goal over the next few years is 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: