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Eddie Ivie Scholarship for Study in Ireland

Named to honor a Savannah native with a deep passion for Ireland, the Eddie Ivie Scholarship supports Georgia Southern undergraduate and graduate students who take university-approved courses—or conduct university-sanctioned research—on the island of Ireland. The basic award is $1,000; however, in certain years, addition awards are made in the amount of $500 each.

A noted chef and restaurateur, the late Eddie Ivie was a graduate of culinary and hospitality-management programs at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Prior to his untimely death in 2005, he established himself as a leading presence on the Savannah restaurant scene and within that city’s Irish-American community.

Eddie Ivie had a particular affection for the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh, a major twentieth-century Irish writer. Eddie’s parents and friends associate the scholarship that bears his name with lines from Kavanagh’s beautiful lyric, “Pegasus”:  My soul was an old horse | Offered for sale in twenty fairs | … | [H]e grew | Wings upon his back. | Now I may ride him | Every land my imagination knew.” Over the years, many fortunate Georgia Southern students have expanded their imaginative purview by studying in Ireland with support from the Eddie Ivie Scholarship.

Undergraduate students, regardless of Major, Minor, or class year:

Eligibility for the scholarship requires that, prior to applying for the award, the student has applied to and been formally accepted into a study-in-Ireland opportunity that is provided by—or, alternatively, approved by—Georgia Southern University. Examples of such programs include, but are not restricted to, the Wexford-Savannah Axis Inquiry-in-Ireland Program, offered during Summer Minimester 1 by the Center for Irish Research and Teaching (CIRT), and the Full-Term-in-Ireland Program, offered during Summer Minimester 2 by CIRT in cooperation with the European Council of the University System of Georgia.

Graduate students, regardless of program or concentration: 

Before applying for scholarship support, graduate students must first consult with the Director of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching ( to gain an understanding of what constitutes an acceptable research agenda. Georgia Southern University will not process Eddie Ivie Scholarship applications received from graduate students who have not engaged in the above consultative process.

Application Procedure 

To apply for scholarships, please log in to MyGeorgiaSouthern. From there you will find the MyScholarships (Scholarships Application Portal) choice in the services section of the page. Simply click on MyScholarships and you will be taken to the online portal. Fill out the initial “General Application” completely. You will then be taken to a “Conditional Application” based on your status as a student. Please answer all questions in order to be considered for any scholarships that you qualify for. Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed instructions. 

Application Deadline: February 15

Last updated: 4/3/2022