Download a copy of the 2017 Scholarship application:

2017 Scholarship application

Shamrock Club Scholarships
Supported by An Annual Raffle

Each year the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's Milwaukee chapter has had a raffle to raise funds for its Scholarship Raffle. We have given away over $25,000 since 1972. The scholarships are for Irish studies related programs, and are open to all college level students.

We also have a scholarship for pipers and drummers to attend the yearly Piping and Drumming School in Milwaukee, (the Ted Nestor Scholarship, open only to Shamrock Club members). Many students have used the money to study in Glencolmcille, County Donegal. Others have attended school at Trinity College, or many of the UC Colleges or the NUI schools in Ireland. In addition, students have used the money to attended the annual Irish language immersion weekends in Milwaukee or Madison, WI.


History of the Scholarships

In the early 1970's, the Shamrock Club began fundraising for scholarship funds. This included an Irish film series at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Union's Cinema. The funds went to the Shamrock Club Scholarship Fund at the UW Milwaukee Foundation. Individuals in Irish or Irish-related fields of studies were given the scholarship to study in Ireland. Most of the Scholarship Winners came back to the Shamrock Club.

The following were awarded scholarships from 1972-1996:

  • 1972 - Nancy Madden Walczak
  • 1973 - James Brennan - *
  • 1974 - Jeff Carlson - *
  • 1975- Mary Louise Karas - *
  • 1976 - John G. Maher - *
  • 1977 - Inger Wilkerson - *
  • 1980 - Diane Carley - *
  • 1981 - Kathleen Murray - *
  • 1983 - Sara E. Meuer - *
  • 1984 - William Mayer- *
  • 1988 - David Buss - *
  • 1991 - Brian Mullenburg - *
  • 1992 - Jane C Taugher - *
  • 1994 - Joe Gahagan - *
  • 1996 - Jennifer Vercauteren - *
  • (* = Report Given)

    Scholarship funds were initially $500, but were increased to $1000 in the middle of the 1980s. Unfortunately, the funds were blended into the general UWM Foundation funds, and the scholarship money ran out in 1996.

    2003- Present - Scholarship Rebuilt

    In 2003, the Scholarship Fund was resurrected by the Shamrock Club, this time manged by the Club itself. The scholarship was set at $500, but the parameters were changed to allow up to five winners per year.

    The Shamrock Club also administered the Milwaukee Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians scholarship for a number of years.

    Download a copy of the 2017 Scholarship application: 2017 Scholarship application

    Scholarship Winners 2003-2011

    ( * = Report Given)

      2006

    • Catherine Murphy*
    • Thomas Fisher - *

      2007

    • Sharon Kelley
    • Laura Ihrke
    • Jamie Doppert

      2008

    • Julie Pikulik - *
    • Sarah Kortsch - *
    • Kenton Farmer - *
    • AOH Scholarship -
      Joseph Nelson

      2009

    • Marissa Rondinelli
    • Corinne Conley
    • Kathleen Burns
    • Stacy Cannon
    • AOH Scholarship - Sean Cavanaugh- *

      2010

    • Corey Klinzing
    • Johnn Kellog
    • Drew Blanchard
    • AOH Scholarship -
      Emily Fitzgibbons

      2011

    • Anna Holcomb
    • Manny Madison

      2012
    • David Menees - *
    • Kari Quinlain -*
    • Matt Waters -*

      2016
    • Sarah Wasz -
    • Ashley Southerland
    • Allison Mueller


    Ted Nestor Drumming and Piping Scholarship

    We also sponsor the Ted Nestor Drumming and Piping Scholarships. It is named in honor of Ted Nestor, a drummer in our Pipes and Drums. Only members of the Shamrock Club are eligible to win.

    The Nestor Scholarships were used at the annual Milwaukee School of Piping, held each year at Alverno College. The Milwaukee School of Piping was folded into the Midwest School of Piping. The Nestor scholarship was then used by Color Guard members at the Midwest Piping and Drumming School at St John's Northwestern Academy in Delafield.

    Winners included Sean Cavanaugh; David Culver; Kylie Macjeski; Matt Waters; Kari Quinlan; Noel Tylla; Rick Pfeiffer; and Nathan Cobb, among many others.

    Scholarships in the past have been awarded to students who went to the Craobh Curtin Conrad Na Gaeilge Language Immersion School, held each year in Milwaukee.



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