In 1984, Mrs. Elizabeth O'Hanlon established a Charitable Trust in the name of her late husband, Jim O'Hanlon. Jim was instrumental in forming the Irish Culture Club and was deeply committed to it and to the proliferation of Irish Culture in the United States. Jim was an Irish emigrant to this country and became a citizen. He was very successful in his own business and never forgot his heritage, of which he was immensely proud.
Under this Trust the Board of Directors of the Irish Culture Club were directed to award the annual income earned by the Trust to two high school seniors, residents of Delaware, attending a Delaware secondary school, to help defray expenses at the college of his or her choosing. The students applying for this award must meet certain requirements established by the Club's Board of Directors. These are:
The awards have varied from $600 to $1000 for each student in any given year.
Since the inception of the Jim O'Hanlon Scholarship Fund, Board members have received and reviewed materials from at least 350 applicants. Scholarship funds of approximately $32,000 have been shared among 48 individuals during this period of time.