New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Awards Six Scholarships for 2018 To College and High School Students

From: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc.

Contact: Pat Smith / 212-843-8026 /

Julie Robinson / 212-843-9341 / 

For Immediate Release:

New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Awards Six Scholarships for 2018

To College and High School Students


NEW YORK, NY, June 4, 2018 – The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced today the six winners of the 2018 College and High School level research scholarship contest.

Winners of college scholarships are:

First Place – Emily Grasso, New York University School of Law.  Emily’s mother is a member of the County Leitrim Society of New York.

Second Place – John Doyle, Iona College.

Third Place – Margaret Smith, Fordham University.

Winners of high school scholarships are:

First Place – John Aidan Armstrong, Mount Sinai High School in Mount Sinai, NY.  John’s mother is a member of the Parade affiliated organization Molloy Collage.

Second Place – Mary Elizabeth Amonica, Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, NY.  Mary’s uncle is a member of Division 3 Rockland County AOH in Pearl River.

Third Place – Katherine Brophy, Delaware Valley High School in Milford, PA.

Katherine’s grandfather is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

“We commend all the applicants for their submissions and compliment them for the extremely high level of academic excellence. The scholarship program is important as it engages young individuals who are interested in their Irish heritage and hopefully they will step up to be the future leaders of this great parade”, said Catherine Tully Muscente Co-Chair of the program. “We wish to thank our expert panel of judges who gave of their time to review the research papers and especially thank all of the applicants for their submissions.”

The Parade scholarship program is funded by the St. Patrick’s Day Foundation which established the St. Patrick’s Scholars program a number of years ago. This year, the Foundation is funding nine scholarships, the traditional six Parade scholarships for affiliated groups and three additional scholarships in Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s name for Irish American children attending Catholic schools that march annually in the parade.

  “We are delighted to support the education of children whose families are associated with the Parade’s Affiliated Organizations,” said Hilary Beirne, Co-Chair of the program and Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Foundation.  

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“In the future, we want to raise additional funds that will allow us to expand the scholars program, helping us to better support the Affiliated Organizations,” Beirne added.  “The St. Patrick’s Day Foundation will continue to sponsor this program next year and support of the Affiliated Organizations in whatever way we can. We want to express our appreciation to the Affiliated Organizations who got the word out concerning the scholarships, and to all the parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, faculty members at the schools and colleges who encourage students to submit research papers. We wish all winners the very best in their studies and future endeavors.”

NYC St. Patrick Parade Scholarship program;

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade scholarship program is held annually in memory of two outstanding past Parade leaders, Francis P. Beirne and Margaret O’Rourke. The applicant’s school, college or university must be affiliated with the Parade, or the applicant must be a family member (son, daughter, spouse, brother, sister, niece, nephew, grandchild, grandniece, grandnephew and great grandchild) of any person belonging to a Parade affiliated organization.

Every year the scholarship panel select topics that relates to the Parade, Irish American history or Ireland. This year’s topics were:

College level: “In light of the United Kingdom’s pending withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit), explore the potential implications for Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement.”

High school level: “The history of Catholic education has been closely entwined with the history of Irish immigration.  Explore the relationship from the 1840s to present.”

Applicants are required to research their respective topic and submit essay which are adjudicated by a panel of judges from many different walks of life and include representation from the Affiliated Organizations in the parade, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, the United Irish Counties and the Grand Council of United Emerald Societies.  The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Scholarship panel for 2018 included Catherine Tully Muscente, Co-Chair; Hilary Beirne, Co-Chair;, Linda Dowling Almeida, Michael Boyle, Jack Calcado, Ann Garvey, John Garvey, Catherine Hogan, Mary Hogan, Michael Howley, Mary Pat Kelly, Turlough McConnell, John O’Connell, Ruth Riddick, and Laura Travers.