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George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship

New application form 2016-2017
Applications due February 5, 2016
Selection of scholarship recipients by April 11, 2016

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 University level.  During the 2016-2017 academic year, students from Maine will be in residence in the city of Cork on the south coast of Ireland, at the University College Cork of the National University of Ireland.  The first Peace Scholarship exchanges took place during the 1999-2000 academic year.

The University of Maine System will award one full scholarship or two one-semester scholarships per year.

Each student selected for this exchange will be named a George J. Mitchell Exchange Scholar.


  • Be age 18 or older and be eligible for international travel at the time of the exchange.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be a Maine resident for at least one year by the application deadline (paying in-state tuition).
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to community service.
  • Be a full-time, matriculated, undergraduate student in the University of Maine System (UMS) and enrolled in a degree program.
  • Have successfully completed 24 credits in residence at a UMS institution by the application deadline. AP and transfer credits are not considered.
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Award and Award Period

Scholarship recipients will participate in the exchange at the University College Cork (UCC) in Cork, on the south coast of Ireland, within one year after receiving the award.

The scholarship covers:

  • tuition and fees for a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 15 credits per semester
  • housing in a residence hall
  • a meal stipend
  • airfare stipend of $1,000
  • textbook stipend of $200

Students who are awarded the scholarship should budget for:

  • additional meal costs
  • additional cost of textbooks
  • international travel and health insurance
  • Irish immigration card
  • personal expenses


Mitchell Scholarship Advisors

University of Maine:  Orlina Boteva, Interim Director, International Programs

University of Southern Maine:  Kaoru Phillips, Assistant Director of International Programs

University of Maine at Augusta: TBA

University of Maine at Farmington: Lynne Eustis, Assistant Director, International Programs

University of Maine at Fort Kent: Mariella Squire, Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of Maine at Machias: Stuart Swain, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Maine at Presque Isle: Leslie Williams, Asst. Director, Student Support Services


Useful Websites

University College Cork (UCC) – www.ucc.ie

UCC Course Catalog – www.ucc.ie/en/international/visiting/modules/

University of Maine System (UMS) – www.maine.edu

U.S. Passport Services – travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html

U.S. State Dept. – Before You Go – http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go.html

International Student ID Card – www.myisic.com

Mobility International USA for students with disabilities – www.miusa.org

Lonely Plant – Ireland – www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland