BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is awarding two scholarships to students age 10 to 18 who are currently involved in an Irish cultural activity.

Each $500 award is to be used toward the expense of the school, program or formal instruction — whether it is learning Irish step dancing, the Irish language or how to play an instrument associated with traditional Irish music. Instruction provided by an organized group, such as a pipes and drums group, is also acceptable.

Residents of Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties are eligible to apply, and they must demonstrate a commitment to continue their Irish culture studies for at least two more years.

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All applicants are required to submit a 100-word essay describing their interest in studying Irish culture and a letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to the student’s participation, proficiency and demonstrated commitment to continue to learn.

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 28. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by March 20.

For an online application and additional information, visit the St. Patrick’s Day Parade website by clicking here.

St. Patrick's Day Parade to Kick Off in Grand Style in Lake Como on March 3

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on March 3 in Lake Como at 22nd Avenue and Main Street, where marchers will assemble around the lake. From there, the parade will continue north on Main Street, crossing into Belmar and proceeding to Sixth Avenue.

To learn more about upcoming fundraisers, click here. To register an organization or group to march in the parade, click here.

For more information, visit the parade's website, or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee can be reached at 732-280-2648 or by email at info@abelmarparade.com.