The Joseph W. McCarthy-William McCullough, M.D. Memorial 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 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 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