70th Annual Gala on March 15. 2020 at Signature Grand (New Location)

SCHOLARSHIP General information

The Emerald Society of Fort Lauderdale conducts its annual essay contest with a scholarship to be personally awarded at its annual Emerald Society St.Patrick’s Day Breakfast.  The Scholarships are as follows:

  • FIRST PLACE - $2,500.00
  • SECOND PLACE - $1,500.00
  • THIRD PLACE  - $1,000.00  

All Broward County high school seniors are eligible to participate.  The winner and a parent/guardian will be our guests at our breakfast which will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020.  At that time, we will present the winners with a scholarship check which may be applied to any collegiate purpose.

2020 scholarship essay topic

The Fenian invasion, was it a folly or a true attempt at Irish independence?

contest rules


  1. ESSAY REQUIREMENTS: All essays must be submitted in Word (not PDF), be typed, and double spaced, be a minimum of 500 words, but no more than a maximum of 600 words.  The essays may not include graphics, photos or a resume of the student submitting the essay.
  2. BLIND GRADING: The essay will be judged on content, originality, grammar, spelling, punctuation, overall presentation and compliance with instructions.  The actual essay should not contain the name of the student, but the student should submit a separate cover page with their name, address, telephone number and/or e-mail address and the name of the high school they attend.
  3. SUBMISSION BY E-MAIL: All essays shall be submitted via e-mail to emeraldftl@gmail.com with the subject line being "Scholarship".
  4. DEADLINE:  The essays must be submitted no later than noon on Friday, January 31, 2020. Any essay submitted after the deadline will not be judged and will not be considered for the scholarship.
  5. DISCLAIMER: All submissions will become the property of the Emerald Society of Fort Lauderdale and may be published in its annual advertisement journal or website. 

1st Place

Isabelle Gain

St. Thomas Aquinas

2nd Place

Mia Stevenson

Western High School

3rd Place

Madison Smith

Pine Crest School