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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.

 

to apply:

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, “Who was Robert Emmet, what did he believe/value and, how does that relate to our world today?” 

Those wishing to enter the competition should contact Corey Lansing, Director of Student Outreach and Engagement at clansing@ncmich.edu by January 31, 2020. Essays must be submitted by February 14, 2020, to Corey Lansing at North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI 49770. The winner will be announced by March 31, 2020.

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2018 recipient

Lakrisha Dillworth

The winner of the 2018 Robert Emmet Society’s annual scholarship to Ireland is Lakrisha Dillworth of Ann Arbor.  She is the 20th recipient of the memorial award and the 15th to spend the fall semester at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology studying Irish history and culture. As the 2018 winner, Ms. Dillworth 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.  When Ms. Dillworth graduates next year, she plans to attend Eastern Michigan University to pursue a major in construction management.

Lakrisha is excited to be immersed into a different culture. “My siblings and I made even the smallest things into family traditions.  Living in Ann Arbor nearly my whole life, I’ve had the chance of sharing not only our traditions but the culture I’ve grown up in, with people from all over the world.  I can’t wait to learn about the cultural traditions while studying in Ireland.”

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.