The Irish American Society of County Will (IASCW) offers summer exchange student scholarships


Last updated 2/5/2020 at 4:11pm

The Irish Life Experience is a 25-day cultural academic program offered to American and Canadian high

school students. The High School Program consists of a wide variety of classes, workshops, and

tours based in three locations throughout Ireland. The goal of the Irish Life Experience High School

Program is to introduce North American students to the essential characteristics and qualities of Irish

life. By being immersed in Ireland's history and culture, young adults are able to better understand and

appreciate a country whose people have played a significant role in the history of western civilization.

For more information about the program Click here for the ILE web site.

The IASCW is accepting scholarship applications from Will County high school students who wish to

experience the summer of 2020 in Ireland. All high school student who either live in Will County or

attend a Will County high school are eligible. The IASCW award of $3,000 is applied toward the program

tuition of $5,150. Click here for cost details.

IASCW has awarded scholarships to 51 students since 1983, first through the Irish Way Program, and

most recently through the ILE. The 2019 IASCW scholars who attended the program are Molly Babcock

(Lincoln Way East) and Tessa O'Halloran (Providence Catholic HS), pictured on next page. Eligible

Students are asked to complete an application that includes school work accomplishments, extra-

curricular activities, and an essay explaining why they wish to travel to and study in Ireland. Applications

are due by March 8, 2020 and award recipients will be announced at the IASCW annual dinner on March

21, 2020. To apply, go to


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