After two long years the McEldowney Academic Scholarship Fund committee is thrilled to be back in action and working hard to prepare for this year’s Mac’s Irish Bash. We are grateful for the continued community support over the past 20 years in our mission of aiding higher education of Blair County youth. Please consider making a tax deductible donation of goods, services, or a financial contribution, as we rely on the support of the thousands of individuals and local businesses that contribute to Mac’s Fund.

In 2003, we established the McEldowney Academic Scholarship Fund in memory of Dick “Mac” McEldowney. Following the overwhelming outpouring of love and generosity after Mac’s passing, those close to him committed themselves to carrying on his work of supporting the youth of Blair County.

Since its inception in 2003, Mac’s Fund has awarded nearly $350,000 in scholarships to college bound seniors from each of our Blair County high schools. Even amidst the second consecutive cancellation of our primary fundraising event—Mac’s Irish Bash—we were fortunately able to award 19 scholarships last year, due to the continued support of like-minded individuals such as you.

The 2023 Mac’s Irish Bash will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona from 6 PM to midnight. For ticket information for Mac’s Irish Bash, contact us at

Please support Mac’s legacy and our mission to the best of your ability by partnering with Mac’s Fund. A charitable donation to our scholarship foundation can go a long way to help us continue awarding scholarships to local high school seniors. If you’re unable to donate at this time, please consider sharing our mission with your friends and patrons. We could not succeed in our mission without the support of the thousands of individuals and local businesses that contribute to Mac’s Fund.

Carrying on Mac’s legacy of creating strong future leaders in today’s local youth thanks to the support of our community.