Posted by: gillroe | November 24, 2010


The US-Ireland Alliance have selected 12 Scholars who will pursue a year of post-graduate study at universities on the island of Ireland in the academic year 2011-2012 under the Mitchell Scholarship Programme.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship programme was created more than 10 years ago by Trina Vargo, former foreign policy adviser to Senator Ted Kennedy. The scholarship was named in honor of Senator Mitchell’s role as chairman of the Northern Ireland peace talks. The programme quickly became established as one of the most sought-after in the country. Scholars must have strong records of academic achievement, service and leadership.

The program has a strong and active alumni program. Jennie LaMonte, Director of the Mitchell Scholarship program noted that, “nearly 30% of the alums came together this weekend, strong evidence of their continuing connection to the program and the island of Ireland.”

On Friday morning, the Scholars met with Melody Barnes, President Obama’s Director of Domestic Policy. Melody spoke with the Mitchells about a range of issues including the President’s domestic agenda, the impact of the recent elections, her job at the White House, and what motivates her personally, including her faith. Melody and Trina were colleagues in Senator Kennedy’s office and Melody spoke about that shared experience and the lessons they learned from Senator Kennedy.

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