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Irish American Scholars Program

Each year St. Thomas nominates two undergraduate students to the Irish American Scholars Program for study at a Northern Irish university. 

These full tuition scholarships are sponsored by The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Catholic Church, in cooperation with The Business Education Initiative, the Government of Northern Ireland, Queens University, the University of Ulster and the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education.  The goal of the program is "to replace division with unity in a common goal of international business success."  

Award Amounts: Full tuition for one semester or one year of study. 

  • Students are responsible for room and board, books, airfare and personal living expenses.


  • Sophomore, Junior and Seniors with a GPA of at least 3.2 
  • All majors are eligible. 
  • Students applying to Queens University, University of Ulster or the Belfast Institute for Further and Higher Education.


  • January 10th


Selection Criteria:

  • Preference is given to those committing to a full year of study.
  • Academic merit
  • Application, essay and interview

How to apply:

Applications are available from the International Education Center and include:

  • Study Abroad Information Sheet
  • Irish American Scholars Program application form
  • A 500-word essay stating educational goals for study in Northern Ireland
  • Two academic recommendations (one from a student advisor; one from a faculty member or administrator from St. Thomas)
  • Official Transcript
  • Selection Interview

Complete applications should be turned into the St. Thomas International Education Center by the deadline date.

The applications for the nominees will be forwarded to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church for final selection.  Candidates will be notified in March.

Please contact the IEC at 651-962-6450 for any questions or additional information.

More information about these universities:

Queens University

University of Ulster

Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education

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