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Description

Launched in 1998, the Mitchell Scholarship recognizes outstanding young Americans who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership and community service. Administered by the US-Ireland Alliance, a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, the Scholarship is named in honor of the pivotal role the former U.S. Senator played in the Northern Ireland peace process. The Mitchell Scholarship program links future American leaders to the island of Ireland by a year of graduate study at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

The Mitchell selection committees look for persuasive, documented evidence of significant achievement in three areas: academic, leadership, and community service. All three areas are important. Some applicants have impressive academic credentials but lack a credible record of accomplishment in leadership and service. Membership or participation in a long resume of extracurricular activities is less convincing than demonstrating a significant, tangible impact in the candidate's community or school. Academic excellence, leadership and community service are equally important criteria.

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Eligibility

To qualify, candidates must:

  • be citizens of the United States of America
  • be aged 18 or over but not yet 30 on October 1, 2013
  • have academic standing sufficient to assure completion of a Bachelor's degree before they begin study under the Mitchell Scholarship

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Endorsement

Mitchell Scholarship applicants must be endorsed by the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships. The Committee will review all application materials and interview each applicant to decide on endorsements. You will be informed of your status via email.

For scholarships requiring endorsement, all materials must be sent to Scholarship Advising by email (preferred), 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755 or HB 6201.

For all endorsed applicants, you must register Kristin O'Rourke, Asst. Dean for Scholarship Advising, as the Institutional Endorsement contact on the online application.  You are also welcome to register Kristin O'Rourke as the Fellowship Advisor for read-only access to your online application.

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Preliminary Application

Please register your intention to apply for a Mitchell Scholarship by submitting the Scholarship Registration Web Form.

Applicants will submit the following to the Scholarship Advising office by the preliminary application deadline of July 1, 2013:

  • Online application, including 1,000 word Personal Statement (Email PDF of application directly to Scholarship Advising)
  • Five Letters of Recommendation (3 academic and 2 other recommendations) DUE AUGUST 1
  • Academic Transcripts:  Current Undergraduates should order an unofficial transcript through the Registrar's homepage, and have te transcript sent directly to scholarship.advising@dartmouth.edu.
  • Transcripts (other institutions):  Please request official copies of any other non-Dartmouth transcripts to be sent to:  Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH  03755 or email scholarship.advising@dartmouth.edu.

These applications will be read by Scholarship Advising. The preliminary application (with comments) will be returned to you over the summer. Please see RWiT or any writing advisor for help with your essays. You may also submit a draft of your essay and resume in advance to Scholarship Advising.

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Letters of Recommendation - Due August 1

Four Letters of Recommendation are required: Three academic or research, one other letter. For nomination the four Letters of Recommendation should be sent to Scholarship Advising as a PDF or .doc by email (preferred), or to 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755 or HB 6201. Please provide your recommenders with the Guidelines for Writers of Letters of Recommendation when requesting a recommendation.

You should also provide them with any information about you that can help them formulate a strong recommendation, such as, information on the scholarship and what your study and research plans are, a copy of your CV, a paper your wrote for their class, research topics, future academic or career goals, etc.

On the application, you are required to list four recommenders with email addresses.  Once registered, your recommenders will automatically receive an email requesting online submission of their recommendation letter - with instructions included.  Candidates cannot eliminate a recommender once a reference is submitted from that person.

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Campus Deadline and Interviews

All application materials are due to Scholarship Advising by the Campus Deadline on September 5, 2013.

  • Complete revised online application including all essays
  • All letters of recommendation
  • Transcript

Campus committee interviews for all applicants will take place in mid-September.  The committee will read all application materials in advance of the interview.  If an applicant is off-campus, interviews will be conducted by phone or Skype.

**There will be time for final revisions and edits before the final submission to the foundation.

Final Application Submission

**Official Transcripts:  Current Undergraduates should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage once fall term classes are finalized.  Transcript should be sent directly to scholarship.advising@dartmouth.edu.  All nominees are responsible for uploading the official transcript PDF to the online application. 

  • Candidates who receive the endorsement of the Committee are responsible for completing the online application for final submission by September 25, 2013.
  • Nominees must upload all supplementary materials (for example, transcripts, photo, etc.) by September 25, 2013.
  • Scholarship Advising will upload your institutional endorsement by the deadline of of October 1, 2013.
  • All nominees must save a PDF of the final online application for your files and email a copy to Scholarship Advising.

**If invited to interview as a semi-finalist, you will be required to provide one electronic image file of birth certificate, passport, or other evidence of US citizenship.  Finalists will be required to provide original documents, along with a hard copy of the official transcript(s).

Scholarship Advising will submit the Online Institutional Endorsement for each applicant to the Mitchell Foundation by the deadline of October 1, 2013.

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Mitchell Application Schedule

May 2013

Mitchell Information Session

June 2013

Register with Scholarship Advising

July 1, 2013

Preliminary Application Deadline

August 1, 2013

Letters of Recommendation Deadline

July/August 2013

Feedback on Preliminary Applications Available in Scholarship Advising

September 5, 2013

Final Application Campus Deadline

Mid-September 2013

Interviews with the Committee on Graduate Fellowships

October 1, 2013

Official Deadline for Final Online Application and Supplemental Materials

November 2013

Mock Interviews for Finalists

November 2013

Mitchell Finalist Interviews

January 2014

Mitchell Scholarship Awards Announced

 

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Additional Information

George J. Mitchell Scholarship website

Email Scholarship Advising

Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Updated: 10/11/13