The George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Who is eligible? U.S. citizens, aged eighteen or over but not yet thirty on October 1 in the year of application. Completion of a Bachelor's degree before they begin study.
When is the Deadline? Campus: September 16, 2013
Mitchell: October 1, 2013
Description Scholars are eligible to attend institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland, for one academic year of graduate study. The US-Ireland Alliance will assist successful applicants with their traveling expenses to and from Ireland and Northern Ireland. The University will provide tuition and room, as well as stipend of $11,000. Usit Now, Ireland's leading travel service for students, will contribute a IRĀ£750 travel stipend to each Mitchell Scholar.
How Do I Apply? Candidates must be nominated by Marist College, and may not apply directly. An application must be submitted to the nomination committee.
Essay(s): 1,000 word Essay expressing interests and aspirations, and detailed reasons for wishing to study the specific areas of proposed academic work.

Brief description of their activities during their college years.
What happens after I submit an application? If nominated, the committee will provide feedback on your application, at which point you can put the final touches on the application and then it will be submitted to the foundation.
What's next? A preliminary elimination will be made on the basis of credentials. A selection committee will determine which remaining applicants will be invited to Washington, D.C. for an interview before the final selection committee.

Named in honor of former US Senator George J. Mitchell who was responsible for the Good Friday Peace Accord in Ireland, these scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The goal of Mitchell Scholarships is to interest the next generation of American leaders in the island of Ireland. Scholars will be encouraged to take advantage the various educational and social opportunities that will be offered to them during their stay by members and friends of the US-Ireland Alliance.

Prospective Scholars must have a "demonstrated record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others, which indicates a potential for future leadership, and contribution to society." There are no restrictions as to academic field of study although the proposed course of study must be available at the university elected by the applicant and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. As institutional balance will be a factor, an applicant's likelihood of being selected is significantly increased if the applicant expresses a willingness to attend more than one of the eligible institutions.
For more information visit http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/.

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