Leo T. Walsh Scholarship


Since 1994, the United Irish Cultural Center Leo T. Walsh Scholarship Program has awarded 739 scholarships to 8th and 12th grade graduates advancing in their educational journey thanks to the hard work of volunteers, community support, and loyal donor generosity.


The late Leo Thomas Walsh left a proud legacy of family, faith, and education—and ensuring access to education was of high importance to him. Leo was born in 1933 to Patrick and Nellie Walsh and grew up in the Richmond District of San Francisco. His parents immigrated from County Cork and County Galway, Ireland. He graduated from St. Monica’s, Sacred Heart High School, and the University of San Francisco. He and his wife Patricia raised their family in Redwood City and were active members of the UICC and ambassadors within the Irish community. He worked as a healthcare administrator for the City and County of San Francisco. Philanthropic with a winning smile and signature sense of humor, Leo was honored at the University of San Francisco’s “Alumnus of the Year”, and the Hibernian Newman Club’s “Irishman of the Year.” The UICC is delighted to be able to remember him each year through the scholarship program that bears his name.

Origin of Scholarship Name

Leo was born in 1933 to Patrick and Nellie Walsh and grew up in the Richmond District of San Francisco.

2024 Application Period Closed

Check back in Spring 2025 for updates on 2025 Scholarships.

Honor your Irish Heritage

If you are interested in learning more about the program, or interested in being a donor, volunteer or supporters of the program please contact us.


Give a gift of Irish culture by making a tax-deductible donation to the UICC Leo T. Walsh Scholarship Program, benefitting 8th Grader and High School Senior finalists entering their next level of education.

Name a scholarship after your family, a relative, or beloved friend. $750 is the 8th Grade Award and $1,000 is the Senior Award, and any and all donations gladly accepted; 100% tax deductible.

Mail: Send checks made payable to UICC: Leo T. Walsh Scholarship Program, 2700 45th Avenue SF, CA 94116


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