James Bartley Scholarship

The Irish American Cultural Society of Stamford is pleased to announce a new scholarship program in memory of James Bartley. Jim co-chaired the first-ever Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee meeting and went on to become the parade’s second chairman, leading it for 12 years.
James passed away in October 2021 and is greatly missed by our community. In his honor, we are forming a new scholarship in the amount of $1000 to a high school senior who will be entering an accredited college, university, or school of nursing next year. You can find information about the program on your tables and our web site and social media pages. Applications are due Friday, April 9th. We look forward to awarding the scholarship to a Stamford student who cares about education and their cultural heritage as much as Jim did.
James Patrick Bartley was born on March 10, 1950, to James and Frances Bartley (McAvoy) in Yonkers, NY. He was well educated and enjoyed a long career in healthcare management. 


Jim attended Sacred Heart Elementary and High School in Yonkers, New York. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1972, and went on to receive an M.S. in Sports Medicine, from the University of Virginia.  In addition, Jim graduated from the New York Medical College with an M.S. in Health Care Administration. While still in a fulltime management role in the healthcare sector, he taught courses in healthcare leadership and health information at both Norwalk Community College and Sacred Heart University. Jim was passionate about encouraging young people to continue their education and fulfil their potential. He mentored many of his young students and employees, who saw him ‘as a caring man and not just a boss or professor’.


This is a quote from one of Jim’s former students:


‘Professor Bartley was one of my favorite professors. I looked forward to attending his class every week. He was passionate about teaching and always encouraged us to see the world. He wrote my recommendation letter to study abroad in Australia, an opportunity I am eternally grateful for. ‘



Jim was very proud of his Irish heritage. He co-chaired the first committee creating the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Stamford in 1995.  He went on to serve as chairman of the parade for many years. He was an avid member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and served on the men’s division’s board of directors. 

Jim had many good friends; he was especially close to his childhood buddies from Yonkers. He always had the ability to tell a joke and had a penchant for looking at the bright side of any situation. After retiring in 2019, he continued to give classes at Sacred Heart University. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, taking many trips, swimming in the Long Island Sound, watching his beloved Yankees, and riding around the neighborhood on his Vespa. 

Jim passed away peacefully on October 21, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.

The IACSOS is grateful for Jim’s long-term contributions to our Stamford community. His legacy will live on through this organization, in our memories, and in our hearts. 



Applicants shall submit their applications by email to stamfordspdp@gmail.com no later than Friday, April 7, 2023,at 11:00pm. The scholarship winner will be announced by Friday, May 19, 2023