George J. Mitchell Scholarship Exchange: Overview
The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship is an annual exchange and scholarship to Ireland for students from the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System. The purpose of the scholarship is to create opportunities for the exchange of college students between Ireland and the State of Maine.
"I cannot believe that the semester is up already! I just finished my last final and this is my last full day in Cork. I fly out early tomorrow morning! This has been a very emotional week as I have said goodbye to my very close friends here. I had no idea that it would only take 3 months to fashion the foundation for the friends I've made.
This has truly been the BEST experience of my lifetime and will never be replicated."
EMCC Student Cody Hand, 2012 Mitchell Scholar
"When you are forced out of your comfort zone, you find abilities in yourself you otherwise never would have discovered. From this experience I know that I could easily make a life for myself wherever I end up after school, whether that be in another country or even just another state. A part of that was realizing how easy it is to make friends once you open up to people. Opening up led me to make
friendships that I know will be lifelong."
SMCC Student Lacy McMoarn, 2011 Mitchell Scholar
The Maine Community College System (MCCS) and University of Maine System (UMS) will each award annually either one academic-year scholarship or two one-semester scholarships. Each scholarship from the MCCS and UMS will provide the opportunity for a student to study full time at a university or institute of technology in Ireland. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, books, room and board, a living expense stipend and a travel grant.
"Talk to people. Don't be afraid. Being a foreigner helps. It truly does. Not because people may take pity on you if you need help, but because people are interested in where you're from. I will never forget a moment of Ireland.
And neither will the next scholar!"
EMCC Student Morgan Talty, 2010 Mitchell Scholar
Participating Irish Colleges
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC) are the Irish Institutions participating in the exchange. Maine community college students attend CIT; students from the University of Maine System attend UCC.
Qualifications (see application for complete list)
To qualify for a scholarship from the MCCS or UMS to Ireland, a student must—
- 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) or the University of Maine System (UMS).
- Have completed at least one semester by the application deadline.
- 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.
Transfer of academic credit
The MCCS and UMS will assist scholarship recipients in determining the appropriate transfer of credits, as possible.
Application due date
The application for the scholarship for academic year 2014-2015 is due on or before Feb. 15, 2014.
Scholarship recipients will be selected on or about April 10, 2014, the anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accord on Good Friday 1998.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System on or about May 22, 2014, the anniversary of the vote for the Peace Accord.
George J. Mitchell Scholars
Each scholarship recipient is named a George J. Mitchell Scholar.
"This has completely changed the way I view the world. For as much as I love Maine, farming, potatoes, nature, etc., books can only give you so much of a picture of the world until you get out there and see it, and once I got here, and met kids from all over the world, my eyes were opened to so many different cultures, ideas, opinions."
NMCC Student Luke Ireland, 2009 Mitchell Scholar