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North Central Michigan College and the Robert Emmet Society are seeking entries for a scholarship contest that will send a North Central student to Ireland this fall for a semester of study. This is the only scholarship awarded by the College that sends a student abroad. The competition is based on an essay contest, academic achievement, student activities and an interview with College and society representatives. 

Applicants must be enrolled in at least seven credits each semester in an academic program at North Central for the 2017-2018 school year and be committed to studying at GMIT from mid-September through mid-December, 2018. Participants 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?” 

Those wishing to enter the competition should contact Dr. Sara Glasgow, Dean of Liberal Arts at North Central at (231) 348-6604 or by February 12, 2018. Essays must be submitted by March 5, 2018 to Dr. Glasgow at North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI 49770. The winner will be announced before the end of the school year. Details are available at

The winner of this competition will receive a scholarship for Fall 2018 at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Galway, Ireland. The scholarship covers round-trip air fare from Detroit or Chicago and tuition, room and books at GMIT.

The Society was founded in the early 1990’s to honor Robert Emmet, the namesake of Emmet County, Michigan, and to make area residents more aware of Emmet's brief but courageous life and his enduring legacy as a champion of freedom and democracy. The Society works closely with North Central in awarding the scholarship that is in honor of Joseph W. McCarthy, a local businessman, and Dr. William McCullough, a Petoskey physician, both active members of the society since its founding. The Robert Emmet Society and the Blissfest Music Organization raise funds for the scholarship through donations and annual music events.

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 Military-Friendly® and Veteran Friendly School.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist