The Irish Fellowship Club
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The Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago has supported Chicago’s civic, cultural and educational community for over 115 years. Originally formed as a group to promote the image of the Irish immigrant in Chicago, the Club has evolved into a significant charitable organization providing scholarship assistance to every Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Since 1978, the Foundation has awarded thousands of need-based grants to Catholic high schools. The schools, in turn, distribute the grant money to students of Irish descent. The fund is sustained using proceeds from annual events hosted by the Foundation, including the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, the Irish Fellowship Club’s “Irish Open” Golf Outing and the annual Christmas Luncheon.
Facts about scholarship distribution:
- Need-based grants of $4,000 are awarded to the 39 Chicago-area Catholic high schools.
- In 2016, the Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $156,000.
- Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $2,300,000.
In addition, the Irish Fellowship Club provides important networking opportunities for Chicago’s business community through our annual events. Key dignitaries from the US and Ireland have addressed the Club and its membership including Irish President Mary Robinson, President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and many more.