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Maine Technical College System

News Release
2002 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars Named

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, May 28, 2002
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

Augusta, ME – Four Maine college students – two each from Eastern Maine Technical College and the University of Maine – will study in Ireland next year as the 2002 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 Portland Regency on Monday, June 3, 2002. The ceremony will begin at 11:45 am.

The 2002 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars are: Barbara Haskell of Blue Hill, a May 2002 graduate of Eastern Maine Technical College’s culinary arts program; Eric Clark, of Houlton, a computer networking student at Eastern Maine Technical College; Catie Joyce, of Milo, an English and journalism student at the University of Maine; and Ben Hale, of Holden, an international affairs major with a concentration in political science at the University of Maine.

Haskell and Clark will travel to Ireland this fall, while Joyce and Hale will go abroad next spring. The students will study at University College Cork or Cork Institute of Technology.

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.

At the luncheon ceremony, the students will receive a framed certificate naming them George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars, and a $1,000 travel stipend. The student’s tuition, academic fees and room and board will all be waived by the Irish institutions.

Joining the students and their families at the luncheon will be officials from the Technical College and University systems.

For information on the MTCS students contact Alice Kirkpatrick at 767-0116 x 4. For information on the UMS students, contact Karen Boucias at 581-3433.