The Mulcahy Scholarship

History

The Mulcahy Scholarship was launched in 2018 by the Aisling Irish Community Center in Yonkers, New York, in tribute to Denis Mulcahy and his family's commitment to Project Children, a charity that for forty years, worked untiringly to change the lives of children across Northern Ireland.

Forty years later, America is replicating the reverse and the scholarship aims to provide American high school students the opportunity to travel to Ireland and experience Irish culture in a fun and diverse way. Scholarship recipients will participate in educational summer courses, exposing them to Irish culture, heritage, arts, and sport.

The long-term goal of the Mulcahy Scholarship is to develop the necessary funding that will facilitate the growth of this unique program, enabling many American high school students to attend these cultural summer courses in Northern and Southern Ireland. It is integral to the Mulcahy Scholarship that we preserve and promote a strong and progressive connection between Ireland and America.

In 2018, the very first Mulcahy Scholarship Award was proudly presented to Conor James. The Aisling Irish Center partnered with Brian Fahy of the Celtic Irish American Academy (CIAA) summer program and Conor attended their summer school based in Galway City. There, Conor participated in the CIAA summer program, forged many friendships, and even learned some “cúpla focal”, all while encompassing the core objective of the scholarship.

Click on the video above for a snapshot of our past recipients' experience.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be available to travel to Ireland to attend a Irish cultural program between July 10, 2022 and July 23, 2022.
  • Applicants must be over the age of 16 and either an American high school junior(s) and/or senior(s) at the time of application, and who best meet the requirements set forth by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Applicants are REQUIRED to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. The following vaccines are accepted: Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sinovac-Coronovac and Covaxin.
  • Recipients are eligible to be awarded a scholarship once only.
  • Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to re-apply the following year, if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

How to Apply

  • Students must download and complete the Mulcahy Scholarship Application Form and prepare a 1,000-word essay on the following topic:
    "What makes you suitable candidate to be awarded the Mulcahy Scholarship?"
  • Students must submit one personal character reference (other than relatives) such as high school principals, teachers, coaches and/or community leaders. Applicants can use this link to download the Character Reference Form .
  • Students must submit a one-minute video to introduce themself and explain why they are a suitable candidate for the scholarship.
  • Students must also submit a copy of their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card as part of their Application Packet.
  • The 2022 Mulcahy Scholarship is currently open, and all applications must be received no later than 5:00pm on Friday, May 13, 2022.
  • Students must submit their completed application form and all requested documents via e-mail:
    Mulcahy Scholarship Board of Directors, c/o Ms. Linda Croston
    Email: mulcahyscholarship@aislingcenter.org

Selection Process

  • Scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Mulcahy Scholarship Committee, who will review, and score all submitted applications.
  • Applicants will be required to participate in an interview before the Scholarship Committee in mid-May 2022 and applicants will be contacted in advance.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, May 27, 2022.
  • Scholarship award amounts are at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and will be paid directly to the educational institution in the student's name.

Past Recipients
Killian Creaney, Rachel Cummins, Tiernan Kenny, Emma Levins, Triona McEntee, Cara McNulty, Molly O'Loughlin, Cormac O'Reilly, Eabha Peel, Lorelei Spellman

Multiple Recipients: 2021

In 2021, the Mulcahy Scholarship Award was proudly presented to these outstanding individuals: Killian Creaney, Rachel Cummins, Tiernan Kenny, Emma Levins, Triona McEntee, Cara McNulty, Molly O'Loughlin, Cormac O'Reilly, Eabha Peel, Lorelei Spellman.
Matthew Butler, Brideen Peel and Brendan Doran, 2019 Mulcahy Scholarship Recipients

Multiple Recipients: 2019

In 2019, the Mulcahy Scholarship Award was proudly presented to three outstanding individuals: (pictured from left-to-right) Matthew Butler, Brideen Peel and Brendan Doran.
Conor James, 2018 Mulcahy Scholarship Recipient

Conor James: 2018

In 2018, the very first Mulcahy Scholarship Award was proudly presented to Conor James. The Aisling Irish Center partnered with Brian Fahy of the Celtic Irish American Academy (CIAA) summer program and Conor attended their summer school based in Galway City. There, Conor participated in an Irish cultural program, forged many friendships and even learned some “cúpla focal”, hence encompassing the core mission of the scholarship.