Study Abroad

George Mitchell Study in Ireland Opportunity

The George Mitchell Peace Scholar Program

Former Senator George Mitchell established an annual opportunity for two community college students in Maine to study in Ireland for one semester with virtually all expenses paid. This opportunity for our students is generous and diverse. The application deadline for our office will be announced soon, for next year‘s study abroad. Applications are due in the System Office soon after that.

If you can recommend student(s) for this study abroad opportunity, please encourage the student(s) to see me within the next ten days so that I can talk with them about the experience and the application process to become a George Mitchell Peace Scholar. Students will find more information about the Mitchell Peace Scholarship on our electronic bulletin boards located throughout the campus, and on the Maine Community College System website.

EMCC has a strong history of applicants for the George Mitchell Peace Scholarship being selected for the opportunity. Last year, Jonathan Fellis (Liberal Studies) studied at the Cork Institute of Technology in the fall semester as a Mitchell Peace Scholar. He had a great experience: studying with professors who offer a very different teaching style than here in the US; forming friendships with students from Ireland and other countries all over the world; being involved in new social experiences; and being independent of his parents. Eric Clarke, EMCC an employee in our IT Department, was a Mitchell Peace Scholar in 1992 as was Barbara Haskell, Culinary Arts., Darren Winham, Business Management, was our first and the system’s first Mitchell Peace Scholar in 2000.

Help send at least one qualified applicant’s application to the Maine Community College System for review for the Mitchell Scholar interviews. We are allowed to send more than one student for the interviews.

Please email or call me regarding any questions you have about the George Mitchell Peace Scholar opportunity. I look forward to working with our students.

Greg Swett