George J. Mitchell Scholarship Exchange

The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship provides opportunities for students from the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System to study in Ireland for a semester or a year. The Scholarship honors the Northern Ireland peace accord brokered by Senator Mitchell between the governments and peoples of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Successful MCCS applicants are eligible to attend the Cork Institute of Technology on the south coast of Ireland.  The scholarship covers tuition and fees, books, room and board, provides a living expense stipend and a travel grant.

The selection process is competitive and students must complete an application and interview in order to be considered for the award. Emphasis is on academic success and maturity. Students interested in applying for the scholarship are strongly encouraged to meet with their Dean of Students as early in the process as possible.


To be considered for a George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be 18 or older and 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 or have recently graduated from MCCS.
  • Have completed at least one semester by the application deadline.
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Important dates

  • Application deadline:  February 15, 2018 (Application materials will be available in December 2017.)

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