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Maine Technical College System

News Release

Wednesday, May 14, 2003
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

AUGUSTA, Maine — Four Maine college students—two each from Maine's Technical Colleges and the University of Maine System—will study in Ireland next year as the 2003 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars. The students, who were selected for their academic and leadership abilities and their commitment to community service, will be honored at a luncheon ceremony at the Senator Inn on Wednesday, May 21, 2003. The ceremony will begin at 11:45 am.

The 2003 George J. Mitchell Peach Scholars are: Michelle D. Tinkham, of Fairfield, a May 2003 graduate of Kennebec Valley Technical College's Liberal Studies program; Caroline S. Ward, of Winthrop, of May 2003 graduate of Central Maine Technical College's Liberal Studies program; Joshua E. Harriman, of Orono, an English major at the University of Maine; and Diane B. Hoppe, of Whitefield, a student majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Agriculture Education through Communication Arts at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Ward will travel to Ireland this fall, while Tinkham, Harriman and Hoppe will go abroad next spring. The students will study at University College Cork of Cork Institute of Technology.

Joining the students and their families at the luncheon will be John Fitzsimmons, President of the Maine Technical College System, Joseph Westphal, Chancellor of the University of Maine System, and State Representative Glenn A. Cummings, co-chair of the Legislature's Education Committee.

The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship was created in 1998 as a tribute to Senator Mitchell for his work in helping to facilitate a peace accord for Ireland and Northern Ireland, and his lifelong devotion and commitment to public service. The Scholarship provides for the exchange of students between public technical colleges and universities of Maine and Ireland.

As a recipient of the scholarship each student will receive free tuition, room and board and pay no academic fees at the institution in Ireland. They will also receive a $1,000 travel stipend and framed certificate naming them George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars.

For more information on the MTCS students, please contact Alice Kirkpatrick at 767-0116 x 3.

For more information on the UMS students, please contact Robert Lively at 778-7431.