The Margaret Hughes Memorial Scholarship

​The O'Rourke Irish Dance Foundation, Inc. is opening up the 2017 Margaret Hughes Memorial Scholarship program, awarding three $500 scholarships to active Irish dance students of an NAFC accredited dance school. This scholarship is awarded to the student whose essay best discusses the chosen topic.

Scholarships may not be awarded to a dancer without an essay application, unless a letter of request is submitted on their behalf explaining extenuating circumstances, and approved by Officers and Board Members of O’Rourke Irish Dance Foundation. In the event that there are not enough applicants, the Officers and Board Members may choose an applicant they feel worthy for consideration.

Recipients of this scholarship may use this $500 scholarship towards Irish dance tuition during any upcoming Fall, Winter, Spring semesters. This includes workshops, privates, camps, and summer classes. This scholarship gets paid directly to the NAFC accredited dance school.


Up to 4th grade-Write a letter to a friend who is interested in ID but isn't sure if he/she should try it.
5th grade - 8th grade - Identify a role model and describe how something you learned from him or her helped you in Irish dance
9th and up--What skills has ID taught you that will help you after high school?

Essay requirements as follows:
Up to 4th grade: one page minimum
5th grade - 8th grade: 1000 word minimum
9th and up: 2000 word minimum

Essay must be accompanied by the following info:
Name of dancer
Age/grade of dancer
Name of dance teacher

Submit to O'Rourke Irish Dance Foundation Deadline 8/15/17 
PO BOX 511,White Plains, NY 10603

For more information email