The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell's contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. A Mitchell Scholar may study any academic discipline offered in a degree or certificate program at an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study. Approximately 300 scholarship applications are submitted each year.
Focus- Committee seeks persuasive, documented evidence of significant achievement in three areas; scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community and public service; all three areas are very important; preference is given to students who have not visited Ireland
Eligibility- Applicants must be a U.S. citizen (permanent residents and U.S. Nationals are not eligible), applicants must be between ages of 18-30 years old, Bachelor’s degree must be obtained by August before starting a graduate study as a Mitchell Scholar, no minimum GPA but scholarly excellence should be demonstrated, ethnic origin/ancestry is not a factor
Submission- Online application, five letters of recommendation, 1000-word personal essay, a letter of institutional endorsement if applicant is a full-time student, proof of U.S. citizenship, college transcripts
Criteria- Mitchell Scholars program candidates are judged on three criteria:
Scholarship -- Academic excellence and intellectual distinction. Although the Scholars program does not require a minimum GPA, a prospective candidate must have the academic ability and preparation to succeed in a postgraduate program.
Leadership -- An outstanding record of leadership which may be evidenced through a variety of activities and accomplishments. These efforts may be on- or off-campus, local, regional, or global.
Commitment to Community and Public Service -- A record of and sustained commitment to service and community, on-campus, locally, nationally, or internationally.
Benefits- Provides up to one year graduate study tuition, housing, and a living expenses stipend.