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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

US-Ireland Alliance Celebrates 10th anniversary of George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, an innovative education initiative that sends top American students to Ireland and Northern Ireland for a year of intensive study, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The program was created by Trina Vargo, founder of the US-Ireland Alliance and a former staffer to the late Senator Ted Kennedy.  It is named in honor of former US Senator George Mitchell, who spearheaded the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland during the Clinton Administration. 

Modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship program that has selected generations of bright American students to study in the UK, the Mitchell program has already sent 120 students to Ireland.  "An average of 300 Americans apply each year for up to twelve scholarships, making it extremely competitive," Vargo said in a recent article in Global Post by Conor O'Clery.

For more details on the Mitchell Scholarship, including an assessment of the first ten years, click here.

The deadline for applying for the 2012 class of Mitchel Scholars is October 5, 2010.  For more information, including an online application, click here.

For a full look at the US-Ireland Alliance and its work in business, public service and the arts, visit its web site.
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