Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is named in honor of former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell for his pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. The Mitchell Scholarship Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Approximately 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Mitchell Scholars are selected on the criteria of scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.

Applicants interested in applying for the Mitchell Scholarship are strongly encouraged to attend an information session and meet with the director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships to learn more about the application process.

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You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply in 2017-18 for the Mitchell Scholarship:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between 18 and 29 years old on September 29, 2017.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar (Degrees from international accredited universities are acceptable if all other conditions are met.)
  • Possess a competitive GPA. There is no minimum GPA; most competitive applicants for Mitchell endorsement have a GPA of 3.800 or higher.
  • Receive UNC’s endorsement through the Office of Distinguished Scholarships (Note: If you are a graduate student, part-time student, or former student, you do not need UNC’s endorsement but may receive permitted advice from ODS)

Application Deadline

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Tips & Advice

Applicants interested in applying for the Mitchell Scholarship should:

  • Attend the ODS Prep-Shop (do not bring portions or drafts of statements).
  • Meet with the ODS director to discuss your application and submit a resume, CV, or list of principal activities, preferably before the end of the spring semester. Applicants will receive advice to consider over the summer as they prepare for the endorsement deadline.

Applicants may apply for multiple scholarship awards simultaneously, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships. However, pay careful attention to differences in guidelines for personal statements. Please note that it is not necessary to provide duplicate copies of transcripts and photographs during the endorsement stage.

Recent Mitchell Scholarship Recipients

Thomas Golden ’11 (2014-15)

Sasha Seymore ’15 (2014-15)

Sarah Bufkin ’13 (2013-14)

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