The Greater Washington Ceili Club

(revised Feb 1, 2015)

The Greater Washington Ceili Club Frankie Kennedy Memorial
Scholarship for Musicians and Dancers

The Frankie Kennedy Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a wonderful Irish musician whose contributions to Irish culture were much appreciated by the members of GWCC. The music scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who fall under one of two following options. 

Option A: the individual has successfully competed and qualified in the United States and will travel to Ireland to participate in the Fleadh Cheoil.

Option B: the individual has successfully enrolled in a structured learning experience from a recognized program or instructor in Ireland. 

The following rules apply to both options:

1) The application process is open to any individual under age 21 in the greater Baltimore-Washington area. Applicants must follow the Frankie Kennedy Memorial Scholarship application process set forth in paragraph 6 below, and submit their application and supporting documents by June 1. Applications may be submitted electronically to scholarship@gwcc-online.org or mailed to P.O. Box 1703, Silver Spring, MD 20915-1703.

2) The amount of the scholarship will be $500, depending on the availability of funds.

3) Upon return to the U.S., each scholarship recipient is expected to submit a short report about their competition or learning experience to the GWCC Board of Directors. This report may become an article for the GWCC newsletter In Step.

4) Each scholarship recipient is expected to perform for the GWCC community. This usually occurs as a short piece during our monthly ceili or at another club function. The date, time and length of the performance will be mutually agreed upon but must be completed before the application deadline for the next year.

5) If multiple applications are received, preference will be given to members and children of members; the final selection will then be made by a random drawing. All award decisions will be made at the discretion of the GWCC Board of Directors. All board decisions will be final.

6) Specific rules for each option:

Option A: The applicant must write a letter to the GWCC Board, outlining his/her desire and need for such a scholarship.  The applicant must include the U.S. competition results and the name of the competition in Ireland and dates.

Option B: The applicant must write a letter to the GWCC Board, outlining his/her desire and need for such a scholarship. The applicant must identify the Irish institute or instructor and the dates of the learning experience. The applicant must also include a recommendation from his/her current instructor and evidence of acceptance from the Irish institute or instructor.

7) All applications must be received by June 1. Scholarship winner(s) will be notified by July 1.


If you have any questions, please contact the GWCC Scholarship Committee at scholarship@gwcc-online.org.

(Updated March 2008, 2010, Revised 2014)


The  dance scholarship is being revised. Please see contact below for information.


Frankie Kennedy Memorial Scholarship for Musicians and Dancers   (printer friendly version)

*  2014 Scholarship awarded to Andrew Caden



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