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George J. Mitchell Scholarship

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The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is named in honor of the former United States Senator who served as Chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Under his leadership, an historic accord, ending decades of conflict, was agreed by the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom and the political parties of Northern Ireland in 1998.

Mitchell 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 Scholarships provide tuition, board, a travel allowance, and a generous stipend to cover other expenses.

Prospective Scholars must have a demonstrated record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extracurricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others, which indicate 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.

Previous educational or personal experience in Ireland or Northern Ireland is usually not a factor in selection. Because the Mitchell Scholarships seek, however, to introduce the island of Ireland to outstanding young Americans, they will favor, among otherwise equally qualified candidates, those without prior experience there.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • have earned a Bachelor's degree before beginning study under the Mitchell Scholarship;
  • must be at least 18 years of age but not yet 30 years old.

Interested applicants should contact the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the Mitchell. The Mitchell is a highly competitive scholarship, and work on the application should begin during the Spring semester of the Junior year. The completed application consists of:

  • a résumé;
  • a college transcript;
  • evidence of U.S. citizenship;
  • five to eight letters of recommendation;
  • a 1,000-word personal statement of intellectual interests and proposed program of study in Ireland.

Applications must be submitted for review by the Campus Coordinator and the Mitchell Advisory Committee no later than October 1. Applicants must apply through the BC Campus Coordinator and secure BC's endorsement; the Mitchell Scholarship program will not accept applications submitted independently by students.

Candidates may submit their applications for consideration by the Rhodes State Selection Committee either in their home state or in Massachusetts. The State Committee reviews all applications and selects several finalists for personal interviews early in December. Winners of the state competitions are determined on the day of the interview in mid-December and are nominated to the Regional Committee, which interviews them again and selects the Rhodes Scholarship winners three days later.

To get additional information about the Mitchell Scholarships and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the web site for Mitchell Scholarships.