George Mitchell Scholarship: Application Information
The deadlines for applying are as follows:
- Applications emailed or postmarked by Feb. 15, 2014
- Recipient(s) selected on or about April 10, 2014
- Recipient(s) notified on or about May 22, 2014
The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship honors the Northern Ireland peace accord brokered by Senator Mitchell between the governments and peoples of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The accord was reached on Good Friday, April 10, 1998, and accepted by vote of the citizens of Ireland and Northern Ireland on May 22, 1998.
The Peace Scholarship is an agreement between Maine and Ireland for a student exchange at the community college and university level. The exchange will begin in the fall of 2014-2015 and offer placement in the city of Cork, on the south coast of Ireland, at either the Cork Institute of Technology for MCCS students or at University College Cork of the National University of Ireland for UMS students.
The Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System will each award one academic-year scholarship or two one-semester scholarships per year.
Each recipient of the award is named a George J. Mitchell Scholar.
MCCS scholarship requirements
- Be age 18 or older and be eligible for international travel at the time of the exchange.
- Be a Maine resident for at least one year by the application deadline.
- Have demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to community service.
- Be a full-time, matriculated student in the Maine Community College System (MCCS) and enrolled in an associate degree program.
- Have completed at least one semester by the application deadline, be a 2013 graduate, or be set to graduate from MCCS in May 2014.
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Have health insurance coverage throughout the exchange period.
- Submit a complete application emailed or postmarked by the due date, including—
- Whether you're applying for the exchange for one semester or a full academic year;
- The program you want in Ireland;
- How the program will link to your study or career plans here;
- An explanation of why you want to participate in the exchange;
- Why you feel prepared to study in another institution and culture—Ireland in particular;
- A complete and up-to-date résumé;
- Your most recent college transcript;
- Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a college official attesting to academic ability and one from a community member attesting to community service;
- Three signatures: yours on the application and again on the Award Agreement and that of your faculty advisor, signaling agreement with your exchange program and your education and career plans after the exchange.
Scholarship winners must participate in the exchange within one year of the award. For example, if you are awarded a Peace Scholarship in spring 2014 for one academic year, your exchange period begins in fall 2014. If your award is for one semester, your exchange period begins in either fall 2014 or winter 2015.
While you are in Ireland you must communicate regularly with both the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Exchange Coordinator at the Center for Career Development, Maine Community College System, and the International Officer at Cork Institute of Technology. When you return from Ireland, you'll be asked to complete a formal evaluation of your exchange experience. In addition, you'll be expected to share your experience formally and informally on campus and in the community (e.g., with future applicants and with civic associations such as Rotary), as well as grant MCCS permission to quote from your reports and publish your photo, such as in press releases, on the MCCS Web site, or on Facebook.
Participating Irish post-secondary institutions
- MCCS Students: Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
- UMS Students: University College Cork (UCC)
If you plan to apply for this exchange, you should learn as much as you can about the Irish institution you will attend (see Web sites below) and which courses would align with your community college program and future plans.
You will be expected to take a full-time course load, either for the academic year or for the equivalent of one MCCS or UMS semester. Your faculty or campus advisor can help you plan your program.
Useful Web sites
- Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) - www.cit.ie or http://modules.cit.ie
- University College Cork (UCC) - www.ucc.ie
- Maine Community College System (MCCS) - www.mccs.me.edu
- Center for Career Development - www.ccd.me.edu
- University of Maine System (UMS) - www.maine.edu
- US Embassy, Dublin, Ireland - dublin.usembassy.gov
- US State Department/Passport services - travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
- Information regarding registering with the US Embassy while in Ireland - https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/
- US Customs Service "Know Before You Go" - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/kbyg/
- Irish Tourist Bureau - http://www.discoverireland.com/us/
- Mobility International USA for students with disabilities - www.miusa.org
- Irish Times - www.irishtimes.com
Important information on course selection for the Exchange
Prior to submitting this application, you must decide on the program or major you want in Ireland. Your community college academic advisor must approve your plan and sign your application. If you plan to transfer to the University of Maine System, you should have your program approved—and your application signed—by the university chair or faculty advisor in the department in which you will enroll, if possible.
If you are awarded a Mitchell Peace Scholarship, you'll need to work with your faculty advisor to choose the courses you want and how credit for them will transfer to your Maine institution. Your course selections will not be final until after you arrive in Ireland. Even though your advisor here has approved your program in Ireland, you should bring syllabi and coursework home with you as documentation.
These requirements will help ensure that you have the prerequisites necessary for your exchange experience, and as possible, can receive proper course credit in Maine. If you will be returning to a Maine community college or university, you should register as soon as you can for the courses you want here when you return.