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Maine Technical College System

News Release

Monday, June 4, 2001
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

Portland, ME — A nursing student, a native of Vietnam, and two chemical engineering students will study in Ireland next year as the 2001 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars. The four students — two each from Maine's Technical Colleges and Universities — were announced at a luncheon ceremony today at the Portland Regency.

The 2001 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars are: Jill McGlaughlin of St. Agatha, a May 2001 graduate of Northern Maine Technical College's nursing program; Tommy Ngo of Auburn, a May 2001 graduate of Central Maine Technical College's computer technology program; Kira A. Young of Dedham, a chemical engineering student at the University of Maine; and Justin Bennett of Weld, a chemical engineering/chemistry student at the University of Maine. McGlaughlin, Ngo and Young will travel to Ireland this fall, while Bennett 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 received 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 were Richard Langford, CEO, City of Cork Vocational Education Committee in Cork, Ireland, and officials from the Technical College and University systems.

For more information on the Technical College students contact Alice Kirkpatrick at 767-0116 x3.

For more information on the University of Maine students contact Gayla Shaw at 973-3240.