The Belmar Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announces the 2017 STUDENT OF IRISH CULTURE SCHOLARSHIP.  A scholarship of $500 will be awarded to one boy and one girl currently enrolled or participating in a school or program for an Irish cultural activity.

The scholarship is intended to help students with the expenses of schools, programs or instruction. It must be used to cover tuition at the school, instructor fees, towards the purchase of a musical instrument, or the cost of costumes or other items required for competition.


Applicant criteria:

  • Age 10 – 18 years
  • Resident of Monmouth, Ocean or Middlesex County
  • Currently enrolled or participating in a school, program or formal instruction for an Irish cultural activity. Examples include, but are not limited to: step-dancing, Irish language or learning a musical instrument associated with traditional Irish music. Instruction provided as a member of an organized group such as a pipes and drums band is acceptable.
  • Intention to continue his or her studies for at least 2 more years.
  • Letter of recommendation from an instructor or equivalent verifying demonstrated proficiency and commitment to further learning.


Funds will be sent directly to the school or instructor and not disbursed to award recipients or their parents. If recipients want to use the scholarship to purchase an instrument or an item required for competition, funds will be sent directly to the store or supplier; or a receipt documenting purchase can be submitted for reimbursement (purchases prior to February 17, 2017 are ineligible). All scholarship funds must be used within 90 days of the award or may be forfeited.

The awards will be presented at the Investiture Luncheon on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Doolan’s in Spring Lake. Recipients and at least one parent will be invited to attend the event and receive the award.

Application requirements:

  • Complete electronic application
  • Applicant essay of up to 100 words describing for the Scholarship Committee why he/ she wishes to continue studying Irish culture and how this scholarship will help him/ her to do so.
  • Letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to the student’s participation, proficiency and demonstrated commitment to continue to learn. Examples may include the owner of or a teacher in a school of Irish culture or an instructor in the organization in which the student is participating. This must be submitted directly to the scholarship committee from the person writing it via email to

Applications and materials (essay and letter of recommendation) must be received by February 17, 2017. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by February 20, 2017.

Questions should be directed to the parade chairman at