The Joseph W. McCarthy-William McCullough, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
North Central Michigan College and the Robert Emmet Society seek entries for a scholarship competition 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 North Central student abroad for study. The competition is based on an essay, academic achievement, student activities and an interview with College and Society representatives.
The winner of this competition will receive a scholarship for Fall 2015 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. Eleven students have received scholarships and attended GMIT since 1999.
Applicants must be enrolled in an academic program at North Central for the 2014-2015 school year and 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, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at North Central at 231-348-6604 or firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2015. Essays must be submitted by March 7, 2015 to her 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 www.emmetsociety.org.
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The Society was founded in the early 1990s 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 named after Joseph W. McCarthy, a local businessman, and Dr. William McCullough, a Petoskey physician, both active members of the society since its founding in the early 1990’s.
The Robert Emmet Society and the Blissfest Music Organization raise funds for the scholarship through donations and annual music events.
2015 Recipient – Carly Plasman
The winner of the Robert Emmet Society’s annual scholarship to Ireland is Carly Plasman, 20, of Comstock Park, CA. She is the 17th recipient of the Joseph McCarthy-William McCullough, M.D. Memorial Award and the 12th to spend the fall semester at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology studying Irish history and culture. As the 2015 winner, Ms. Plasman 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. Plasman is working toward her associate of general studies. She hopes her time in Ireland will help her decide a focus for her studies.
“It’s always been one of my dreams to travel abroad,” Plasman said. “I met Garret, the last winner of the scholarship, when he signed up to our biology class a week late. When I asked him why, he told me about his trip. I signed up to compete for the scholarship that day.”
Plasman spent last year with the Young Americans, living in California and taking classes at North Central online. This year was her first year taking classes on campus in Petoskey. Plasman said she’s about 80 percent sure she’s going to spend a full year in Ireland, but wants to wait until after the first semester to make that decision.
Students are expected to cover their costs for food and activities spent outside the classroom. The scholarship covers round-trip air fare from Detroit or Chicago and tuition, room and books at GMIT. Plasman will spend her summer working on Mackinac Island to help cover her costs for food and extracurricular travel.
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.
The Robert Emmet Society was established in 1990 to promote awareness and pride among Emmet County residents and visitors in the county’s namesake, a hero and martyr of the failed revolutions against the British rulers of Ireland in 1798 and 1803.