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George Mitchell Peace Scholarship 2011

George Mitchell Peace Scholarship 2011

Published on: Sunday, 10 October 2010

Are you interested in studying in the United States next January?

The George Mitchell Peace Scholarship exchange between CIT and the Maine Community College System is offering two one-semester scholarships to study in Maine, from January to May 2011. Each scholarship will consist of payment of tuition and academic fees, free accommodation and meals, return flights and a living cost subsidy for the period of the scholarship.

Applications are invited from recent CIT graduates or students who are taking a year out from their studies*.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday, 22nd October 2010.

* Credit cannot be transferred from the courses in Maine to CIT courses.

George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship Exchange was established to provide opportunities for study exchanges between Ireland and the State of Maine. The scholarships acknowledge the historic role of Senator Mitchell in the peace process in Northern Ireland and in advancing the security, hope and opportunity for generations in Ireland.

The scholarship scheme provides opportunities for students/recent graduates from Institutes of Technology in Ireland to study in a Community College in Maine. The scholarship scheme provides a similar arrangement for the University sector in Ireland.

Cork Institute of Technology is offering two one-semester scholarships are being offered for the spring semester in Maine, from January to May 2011.

The scholarship scheme is ideally suited to recent graduates or students who are taking a year out from their studies. The scholarship period is an ideal opportunity for students to study a completely different subject from their previous courses, or to supplement their learning through studying another aspect of their subject. (Transfer of credit for the Scholarship period to CIT courses is not possible.)

Application and Selection

Application forms and information on the scholarship and on the study opportunities in Maine, can be downloaded here. The closing date for receipt of applications is no later than Friday 22nd October 2010. Earlier submission of application forms would be appreciated.

To qualify for a scholarship, students must:

  • Have demonstrated a good level of academic achievement;
  • Have proven leadership abilities and commitment to community service;
  • Provide the names of two persons who will provide reference, one of whom should be a member of the staff of CIT;
  • Be eligible to apply for a US Study Visa (i.e., not already on a visa to study in Ireland).

Participating Colleges

The Maine Community College System has a total of seven different colleges spread throughout the state. These are:

Central Maine Community College, Lewiston- Auburn
Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor
Kennebec Valley Community College , Fairfield (nr. Augusta)
Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle
Southern Maine Community College, Portland-South Portland
Washington County Community College, Calais
York County Community College, Wells

Areas of Study

Course in the Maine Community Colleges are mainly of two-year duration leading to associate degree qualifications. Shorter courses leading to diplomas and certificates are also offered. A very wide range of disciplines is available.

A convenient way for obtaining information on the courses and on the colleges is to check the Maine Community College web site on This provides links to each of the colleges web sites. Information is also available in the Development Office in CIT.

Area of study includes the following. Please note that this list is not exhaustive:

  • Allied Health
  • Architectural Engineering and Construction
  • Automotive & Mechanical
  • Bioscience Technology
  • Business Administration / Management
  • Computer Applications & Technologies
  • Culinary Art
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical & Electronics
  • Graphic Design & Printing
  • Heating, Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Hospitality
  • Marine & Natural Resources

Each student who is awarded the scholarship and successfully completes his or her studies will have the distinction of being called a George Mitchell Scholar.

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