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Ireland Scholarship


the robert emmet society Scholarship

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. The Society works closely with North Central in awarding the scholarship that honors 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.


2017 recipient

Haylie Haase

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.”

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


information about entering the competition

North Central Michigan College and the Robert Emmet Society seek entries for a yearly scholarship competition that will send a North Central student to Ireland each 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 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. Nineteen 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 current school year and be committed to studying at GMIT from mid-September through mid-December. 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.

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