By Celina Simmons
Have you ever wanted to study abroad but have no clue where to start? Well, do we have some news for you! The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program grants students the opportunity to do this. This scholarship program honors the Northern Ireland peace accord and the pivotal contribution of Senator George Mitchell in 1998.
Every year, up to 12 students from ages 18 to 30 are chosen to attend one full academic year of postgraduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The chosen participants can study any major or discipline offered by the institutions of higher learning in the two regions. Each student selected will receive the George J. Mitchell scholarship.
The program is “designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.” Applications for 2019-2020 year are due by Feb. 1, and selections will begin by mid-March 2019. The scholarship covers tuition and fees for 12 to 15 credits per semester, university housing, meal stipends, airfare, and textbook costs.
SMCC’s own Isabelle Chimenti was selected for the program and is currently starting her school year abroad. She says, “I’ve honestly never been happier!” To apply you must:
Be age 18 or older and be eligible for international travel at the time of the exchange.
Be a U.S. Citizen.
Be a Maine resident for at least one year by the application deadline (paying in-state tuition).
Have demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to community service.
Be a full-time, matriculated, undergraduate student in the University of Maine System (UMS) and enrolled in a degree program.
Have successfully completed 24 credits in residence at a UMS institution by the application deadline. AP and transfer credits are not considered.
Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
For more information on this scholarship program visit https://www.us-irelandalliance.org/mitchellscholarship or scan the QR code at the end of this article.