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George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship

Application for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
Applications due February 3, 2014
Selection of scholarship recipients by April 10, 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 Technical College and University level. During the 2013-2014 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 Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System will each award one full scholarship or two one-semester scholarships per year.

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

Eligibility

• 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. For example, if you are announced as a Peace Scholarship awardee in spring 2014 for a one-semester period, your exchange period would begin either in fall 2014 or spring 2015 for one academic semester only. If you are awarded a full-year scholarship, your exchange period would begin in fall 2014 and last through spring 2015.

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 partial meal stipend
• airfare up to $1,000

Students who are awarded the scholarship should budget for:

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

Expectations Following the Exchange

When you return from Ireland, you’ll be asked to complete a formal evaluation of your exchange experience. You will also be expected to share your experience formally and informally on campus and in the community (e.g. with future applicants, in international studies classes, at Rotary meetings, etc.).

Mitchell Scholarship Advisors

University of Maine: Orlina Boteva, Study Abroad Advisor
University of Southern Maine: Kaoru Phillips, Assistant Director of International Programs
University of Maine at Augusta: Wendy Hazard, Assistant Professor of History
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: Meghan Lightbown, Ast. Director, Student Support Services

Useful Websites

University College Cork (UCC) – http://www.ucc.ie
UCC Modules Catalog – www.ucc.ie/en/international/visiting/modules/
University of Maine System (UMS) – http://www.maine.edu
U.S. State Department/U.S. Embassies and Consulates – http://usembassy.gov/
U.S. State Department – Passport Services – http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
U.S. State Dept. – Tips for Traveling Abroad – http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html
International Student ID Card – http://www.myisic.com
Mobility International USA for students with disabilities – http://www.miusa.org
Holiday Ireland – http://nci.ie/holiday