The Irvington Legacy Project

The Irvington Legacy Project is an initiative of the Irvington Community Council. The project is the beneficiary of funds generated by Council sponsored events, starting with the 70th Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival in 2016. Each calendar year, the Council votes on a neighborhood project that is in need of assistance. In 2016, we partnered with Friends of Irving Circle to assist them in replacing the fountain in Irving Circle Park. In 2017, we partnered with the Bona Thompson Memorial Center to assist them with exterior repairs. We hope with this annual project we can give back in a substantial way to make a lasting impact in Irvington. 
   This year we have proudly partnered with the historic Benton House through the Legacy Fund Project. The Benton House is an Irvington treasure built in 1873 and is a charming example of Second Empire architecture. The funds from the donation will be used to make necessary repairs to this beautiful historic structure.
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Left to Right: Matt Pleasant (ICC President), Andrew Mankauskus (Benton House caretaker), Megan Krol-Shultz (Benton House Manager), Lisa Watson (Benton House President), Emily Rawlinson (Benton House Board Member), Robert Uhlenhake (ICC) and Lesli Gibson (ICC Vice President).
  The Irvington Legacy Award was established by the 2016 Halloween Festival and the Irvington Community Council to celebrate the Halloween Festival's 70th year. The Legacy Project is an annual initiative of the ICC in which an Irvington landmark in need of repair will be given a donation of up to $10,000 to support repairs and restoration. The 2016 recipient of the Award was the Friends of Irving Circle to help with repairs to the fountain. The 2018 Legacy Award will go to the Benton House. For more information, visit

Eastside Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Blake Johnson
City-County Councillor Blake Johnson recently launched he Eastside Emerging Leaders Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors (or adults planning to enroll in postsecondary education for the first time) who have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and volunteerism.

The scholarship program is open to residents and students in Council District 12, and is administered in partnership with the Irvington Community Council. The project is funded by a portion of Councillor Johnson’s City Council salary, as well as contributions from local entrepreneur Chris Baggott, and Community East Hospital.

“We have to do more to empower future leaders, and part of that work means doing what we can to lessen the financial burden of obtaining a degree,” said Councillor Johnson. “If we can chip away at the barriers to higher education and lessen the amount of debt these students take on, we’re taking powerful steps in the right direction.”

“The Irvington Community Council is honored and very excited to be a partner with Councillor Johnson for this scholarship opportunity to students living in District 12,” said Chris Maroldo, Irvington Community Council. “We look forward to working together.”

In addition to scholarship funding, scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in a summer leadership development opportunity as well as guided exploration in relevant fields. The program awards a total of $10,000, in varying amounts, each year. Scholarship recipients must commit to going to school full-time and attempting 15 credits per semester (or 30 credits per year).
There are no income requirements, but applicants have to live in District 12, Johnson's council district. District 12 is a jagged area that extends as far east as Kitley Avenue, as far west as State Avenue, as far north as 21st Street and as far south as Prospect Street. Consult the district map at for exact boundaries.
The selection committee takes community service and the student's plans to pay for college into account in awarding the scholarships. The deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year was April 29 and applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are not yet being accepted. For more information email Blake at