Hibernian Society Foundation Scholarship

Applicants must be a current student enrolled at the College of Charleston and have completed at lease one semester prior to applying. Incoming freshmen are not eligible.

The Hibernian Society of Charleston is Charleston’s oldest existing Irish organization, having been established on the 17th of March, 1799. The Society was formed for the dual purposes of “true enjoyment and useful beneficence:” social enjoyment among its members and rendering aid to Irish immigrants. The Hibernian Society has never imposed ethnic or religious qualifications for membership. The meeting place of the Hibernian Society is Hibernian Hall which opened in 1841. The Motto of the Society is Non ignara mali, miseris succurrere disco, translated as “Being familiar with misfortune, I learn to assist the unfortunate.”

The Hibernian Society is an organization open to men of all faiths who enjoy celebrating Irish traditions. In 1977, member Carl Pulkinen started the Hibernian Society Foundation as a way to give back to the local community. Their annual fundraising efforts help support scholarships at both the College of Charleston and The Citadel, which are intended to support students from middle-class families who are ineligible for federal aid programs.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a personal letter outlining your educational and vocational aims, explaining your financial plans, including your parent's participation in achieving these aims, and your need for the scholarship at this time.
  2. Please provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation as to your ability to meet your scholastic and community responsibilities; at least one of these letters should be from a professor; the other may be from an administrator, high school teacher and/or employer.
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  3. Please upload a transcript of your academic record.
  4. Please provide a picture of yourself.
  5. What is your current address?
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