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I AM SELECTED AS A MITCHELL SCHOLAR, NOW WHAT?

            In order to receive the Mitchell Scholarship, each Mitchell Scholar must sign a contract of acceptance.  The moment one person accepts a Mitchell Scholarship, another worthy applicant is denied a scholarship. In fairness to all involved, we require your full commitment.  The US-Ireland Alliance understands that there are rare, sudden occurrences that may make it impossible for someone to fulfill the role of Mitchell Scholar, and we will address these occurrences on a case-by-case basis.  

            Each Scholar must sign a general liability release, provide emergency contact information, and agree to abide by the US-Ireland Alliance Code of Conduct.  Once the paperwork is complete, we will take each scholar through the matriculation process with his or her university program on the island.  The Mitchell Scholarship Program will assist each scholar with departure dates, travel to the island, housing options, and internship opportunities in the Scholar’s area of interest.

             Orientation packets are provided to each Scholar before departure, which include special annual passes that grant free admission or services to the Mitchell Scholars from various supporting organizations on the island.  We will provide and arrange transportation to and from the island from the Scholar’s hometown in the United States at the beginning and end of the Mitchell year.  If you desire other travel arrangements, you will cover any increased difference in price.

            Each Mitchell Scholar is responsible for providing his or her own health insurance coverage for the year abroad.  For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Mitchell Scholarship Program will provide a living expense stipend of $1,250 per month.  If a Scholar's course of study requires that he or she stay on the island of Ireland beyond one year (12 months), any additional expenses will be borne by the Scholar. 

 

WHAT FEES SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY?

             We advise Mitchell Scholars not to pay any fees without checking with our office first.  There are some additional out-of-pocket fees depending on where a Mitchell Scholar studies.  The Scholar may choose to cover these fees with the stipend funds.  The institutions of higher learning on the island waive tuition and provide housing.  Summer housing is available at the discretion of each school.  The living stipend is intended to provide for food and basic living costs, including the ability to travel around the island.

             Mitchell Scholars studying in Ireland should expect to pay a one time annual Garda (police) fee upon registration in the country.  In 2017, this fee is €300.  A Mitchell Scholar attending University College Dublin (UCD) should also expect to pay the mandatory student activity fee.  In 2017, this fee was €265.   

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF A MITCHELL SCHOLAR

           Three events are mandatory for each Mitchell Scholar:  a September orientation (usually held in Dublin), a mid-year retreat (usually held in Northern Ireland), and commencement in May (somewhere on the island -- it changes each year).  The Mitchell Scholarship covers hotel expenses for these obligatory events, but the Scholars are expected to use the stipend to cover their travel and any incidentals.  There are also optional but highly recommended gatherings, such as Thanksgiving dinner in Dublin and a trip to Glenstal Abbey.  

            Four times in the year, on assigned dates, the Mitchell Scholars will write blogs for the Mitchell Scholarship website about their experience.

            Mitchell Scholars must remain in good standing in their designated programs at their institutions of higher learning and in accordance with that school’s code of conduct.  Acceptance of the scholarship grants the US-Ireland Alliance the right to confirm with these institutions that the Scholar is in good standing. 

            Following the Mitchell year, Scholars are expected to participate as active alums of the program. Becoming a Mitchell Scholar means joining a community of Scholars who are committed to a continuing relationship with the Mitchell community, the US-Ireland Alliance, and the island of Ireland.

Read the Mitchell Scholar Blogs

A Year of Adventure

Ordinary Days and Extraordinary People

Rights, Change, and Reflection

Thanks, Ireland!

"And it's Over the Fields with my Pack on my Back..."

Red Box or Green? A Lesson in Irish Localism

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Meet some of the Mitchell Scholars:

 

Winnie Li:

 

Ben Cote:

 

Matthew Haney

 

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