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Gaylord Student Wins Ireland Scholarship


The winner of the 2017 Robert Emmet Society’s annual scholarship to Ireland is Haylie Haase, 20, of Gaylord.  She is the 19th recipient of the Joseph McCarthy-William McCullough, M.D. Memorial Award and the 14th to spend the fall semester at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology studying Irish history and culture. As the 2017 winner, Ms. Haase earns a round-trip flight to Ireland, free tuition for the fall semester, lodging and books at GMIT.

The competition is open to all North Central Michigan College students enrolled in an academic program at the college.  Ms. Haase will graduate May 5, and plans to attend Grand Valley State University or University of California to pursue a major in public relations, minor in international studies and a master’s in communications.

Haylie has never traveled abroad, and is excited to be immersed into a different culture. “I think we live in a very ethnocentric country, and I look forward to challenging my preconceptions and seeing another part of the world,” states Haylie. “My grandpa has deep-rooted Irish pride.  I’ve known this since I was young, and I’ve worn Claddagh rings and necklaces most of my life. He has instilled that sense of pride in me and I’m looking forward to learning where that pride comes from.”

Haylie is a resident assistant at North Central’s Residence Hall and has been saving money while here and plans to work at a golf course in Gaylord this summer.

The award is named after Joseph W. McCarthy, a local businessman, and Dr. William McCullough, a Petoskey physician, who were active members of the society since its founding in the early 1990’s. Its purpose is to promote awareness in Emmet County of its namesake, Robert Emmet, an Irish patriot executed by the British for leading a revolt against Ireland’s long-time rulers.

North Central, GMIT and the Robert Emmet Society have been co-sponsors of the competition since 1999.  It is the only scholarship awarded by the College that sends a student abroad for study.  The competition is based on an essay contest, academic achievement, student activities and an interview with college and society representatives.

To be eligible for consideration, students first must submit an essay on the topic, “How do the political values of Robert Emmet, Irish patriot and namesake of Emmet County, relate to our world and our lives today?”  Three college and society representatives then interview the top finalists before a final decision is made.

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Veteran Friendly School.


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Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist