Correction Officer David J. Leahy Scholarship Exam

March 5, 2022


All Hallows High School

111 164th Street

The Bronx, NY


CO DAVID J. LEAHY SCHOLARSHIP David J. Leahy a Correction Officer for 29 years and Emerald Society Irishman of the Year founded the Emerald Society Scholarship program in 1972. Dave continued to run the Emerald Society scholarship program with his wife Peggy Anne Leahy until his death in 2005. Dave proudly served in the US Army from 1951-1953, served as an usher at St. Eugene’s RC for 39 years, an active member of the Holy Name Society, Emerald Society, Parents Association of Iona Prep & Ursuline School, and was active in the Henry S. Richards Little League. Dave was instrumental in the creation and passing of Kiernan’s Law, named in honor of his grandson Kiernan Dunne, which provided the ability to do backgrounds on caregivers. Dave was born and raised in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick, Ireland, and emigrated to the US in 1948.

The applicant must be a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, brother, sister, nephew, or niece of a Regular Member as defined in the By-Laws of the NYCD Emerald Society Inc. The applicant’s sponsor must be a member of the Society in good standing at the time of the application is made, and for two consecutive years before January 1st of the year in which the examination is to be held.

Exception, a member of NYCD who has joined the Emerald Society within one year and who otherwise meets the requirements stated may be considered eligible.

The Applicant must be in the 8th grade and entering Catholic/Private high school 2022-2023 school year.

The scholarship award is sent directly to the Applicant (s) High School account. The Award recipient(s) will be selected based on a written test conducted by the Scholarship Committee. 

One scholarship award of $1250 (1 to 6 applicants) 

Two scholarship awards of $1250 (7 applicants or more)

The exam is traditionally held on the first Saturday in March.

Please help us fund the Leahy Scholarship

Purchase our 911 20th-anniversary challenge coin

2″ Round die-cast soft enamel antique nickel plating
Ni Neart Go Cur Le Cheile
(“No Strength without Unity”)
NYCD ES logo 

Portions of the proceeds will help fund our CO David J. Leahy 8th grade Scholarship program.

Donation is $20 and $5 for USPS
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Regular and Associates members of the Emerald Society in “good standing” are eligible for the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and NCLEES Scholarships.

NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Scholarship 2022

FRANCIS P. BEIRNE SCHOLARSHIP Francis P. Beirne was the Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the 1990s. He was a man of immense popularity with the Parade organizations and is best known as the person who protected and saved the Parade at a difficult time. He was from Carrick-on-Shannon Co. Leitrim and was a strong supporter and friend of John Cardinal O’Connor and the Church. 

MARGARET O’ROURKE SCHOLARSHIP Margaret O’Rourke was the Parade Secretary in the 1980s & 1990s and a close personal friend of Francis P. Beirne. Both of them worked together in protecting the Parade. Margaret was known as a compassionate and gracious lady who worked diligently behind the scenes for the Parade. She attended many advisory meetings and helped guide Parade matters at a difficult time in the Parade’s history. 

ROSEMARY LOMBARD SCHOLARSHIP Rosemary Lombard was an award-winning educator who actively participated in the preservation and promotion of Irish heritage and culture in the Tri-State area. She was a founding member and President of the American Irish Teachers Association; a member of the board at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center; she chaired the Irish History Essay Contest of the United Irish Counties Association of New York, Inc. and was an active member of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade where she served as Treasurer and member of the scholarship committee.


FOR COLLEGE-LEVEL ESSAYS There will be one award for each of the above-named scholarships in the amounts of $3,250, $2,000, and $1,500. Determination of amount will be based on those achieving first, second or third place in the contest based on scores of the independent judges. 

FOR HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL ESSAYS There will be one award for each of the above-named scholarships in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000, and $750. Determination of amount will be based on those achieving first, second or third place in the contest based on scores of the independent judges.

2022 applications will be available shortly

NCLEES College Scholarship

The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies will be awarding four scholarships to eligible students. Students must be in their senior year of High School and planning to attend College on a full-time basis for the 2022-2033 school year and must be the child of a member in good standing of any member organization that is in good standing as a member of NCLEES.

Only one application will be accepted per individual student; however, more than one student per family may apply. The scholarship will be chosen on a lottery basis at the May 2022 NCLEES meeting.

Applications will be available shortly

Any questions about our scholarship programs please contact

Brian J. Sharkey, Scholarship Chairman

501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization EIN:85-3661787

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