Grants and Scholarships
The Edward J. Ward Irish Music Scholarship
Congratulations to Clara Paloucek of Helenville, WI on winning the Edward J. Ward Music Scholarship in 2015! Clara, a high school freshman, was selected for her continuing dedication to improving her sills on the fiddle and plans to study with some of the Irish masters. Taught early by her father, Ed Paloucek, Clara has been active in the southeastern Wisconsin area, playing with local groups at sessions and fleadhs. She now aspires to continue under the master of Liz Carroll and share her artistry within the community.
The Irish Fest Scholarship and Grant Committee will begin accepting applications for the 2016 scholarship beginning May 1, 2016.
The Edward J. Ward Irish Music Scholarship was established in 1989 by resolution of the Board of Directors of Irish Festivals, Inc., to honor Ed Ward, founder of the Milwaukee Irish Fest and promoter of various Irish activities in the Milwaukee area.
The $1,000 yearly scholarship for musicians or singers is to be used for their study of Irish instrumental music or song. Applicants may be of any age or ethnic background and need not be residents of the Milwaukee area. The Scholarship Committee anticipates announcing the Edward J. Ward Irish Music Scholarship recipient during the festival. Winners will be given $500 in August of the award year. The remaining $500 will be awarded only upon the committee’s receipt of the grantee’s report, including evidence (such as receipts and registration forms) that the project was completed.
Further information and applications can be obtained by writing to the Scholarship/Grant Committee at Irish Fest, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53213, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Irish Fest office at 414-476-3378 during regular business hours.
Examples of past scholarships:
- Instrumental music lessons
- Sean Nos lessons
- Study & Compilation of Session Tunes
2015 Music Scholarship Application
Click the link above to learn about applying for a grant from the Irish Fest Foundation.
Volunteer Academic Scholarship Forms
Get your 2015 Volunteer Academic Scholarship information now. Deadline for the $2000 scholarship is June 30, 2015.
Irish Festivals, Inc. has established scholarships for Irish Fest volunteers beginning in 2002. Up to five $2,000 post-secondary scholarships will be awarded each year to deserving volunteers who meet the criteria outlined below. The scholarships were established as both a reward and an incentive for individuals who give significant time and effort as volunteers for the organization or the festival. They also are intended to assist in developing future leaders of Irish Fest.
Schuster Music Scholarship for Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School
Milwaukee Irish Fest is pleased to announce a Music Scholarship for youth at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. The scholarship is in honor of Jim Schuster, an avid fan of Irish Fest who never missed a minute of the Festival. The scholarship will award up to $200 to be applied toward any music class at the Irish Fest Summer School.
2015 Schuster Music Scholarship Form
Irish Cultural and Educational Grant
The Irish Cultural Grant was established in 1998 by resolution of the Board of Directors of Irish Festivals, Inc. A yearly total of $2,000 is available, dispersed in smaller grant amounts. Applications will be reviewed once a year in November. Its purpose is to fund an individual’s project that is related to the study of any aspect of Irish culture. Applicant must be an individual, may be of any age or ethnic background and need not be a resident of the Milwaukee area. The Scholarship Committee anticipates announcing grant recipients in November. Further information and applications can be obtained by writing to the Scholarship Committee at Irish Fest, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53213, by emailing us at email@example.com, by calling Irish Fest at (414) 476-3378 during regular business hours.
Examples of past grants:
- Currach research and competitions
- Theatrical production development
- Irish language study
- Irish music session research for book publication
Irish Cultural and Educational Grant Application