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2021 Kevin J. Duffy Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest

The Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County, Inc., a tax-exempt educational and charitable organization, announces the 2021 Kevin J. Duffy Memorial Scholarship essay contest.  Each year, Council awards a scholarship of a thousand dollars to the winner and five hundred dollars to the second-place winner.

 

Open to all graduating high school seniors in Bergen County planning to attend an institution of higher learning, the essay contest is for the purpose of promoting awareness and knowledge of Irish and Irish-American culture.  Three topics in Irish and Irish-American studies are provided.  The applicant selects one topic for the essay.  The winner will receive a thousand dollar scholarship, and the second-place winner will receive a five hundred dollar scholarship.  The panel of judges is composed of educators and members of the Council.  Essay winners are encouraged to participate, if possible, in the Council’s annual Great Hunger Commemoration at the Bergen County Courthouse, attending the event to accept their scholarships and read their essays.  In light of COVID-19 restrictions, the Great Hunger Commemoration is tentatively scheduled for the first or second Saturday of May, and may be an all-virtual event.

 

If there are any questions, please email: EssayContest@BergenCountyIrish.org.

 

 

Respectfully yours,

 

Tommy O’Reilly

President

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Previous Essay Winners

Each year the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County hosts an essay contest open to all graduating high school seniors in Bergen County planning to attend an institution of higher learning.  The essay contest is for the purpose of promoting awareness and knowledge of Irish and Irish-American culture.  Three topics in Irish and Irish-American studies are provided for students to choose from.  Two scholarships are awarded: $1000 for the first-place winner, and $500 for the runner-up.

 

Please click the buttons below to read the corresponding year's essay winner.