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 http://www.countywillirish.net/how-to-apply.html.