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 Fall 2017 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 2017 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. Fourteen students have received scholarships and attended GMIT since 1999.
Applicants must be enrolled in at least seven credits each semester in an academic program at North Central for the 2016-2017 school year and be committed to studying at GMIT from mid-September through mid-December, 2017. 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, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at North Central at (231) 348-6604 or firstname.lastname@example.org by February 13, 2017. Essays must be submitted by March 6, 2017 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.
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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.
The winner of the 2016 Robert Emmet Society’s annual scholarship to Ireland is Claire Wellman, 20, of Boyne City. She is the 18th recipient of the Joseph McCarthy-William McCullough, M.D. Memorial Award and the 13th to spend the fall semester at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology studying Irish history and culture. As the 2016 winner, Ms. Wellman 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 a career in environmental studies.
While in Ireland, Claire wants to focus on the Irish as well as European culture. “I want to make long-lasting ties while I’m there,” she says. “Traveling abroad is just so amazing. It creates so many different opportunities and connections and because Ireland is so environmentally-conscious, I’m looking for new possibilities and ways to work in the field.”
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. Wellman will work this summer at REMAX Resort Properties to save money for her trip as well as additional travel in the United Kingdom.
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.