George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Fort Fairfield native Kaitlyn Kinsey has been named a George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship recipient, and will spend the fall 2014 semester studying abroad in Ireland. The Maine Community College System (MCCS) bestows the scholarship on two students every year with the purpose of creating exchange opportunities between Maine and Ireland. It is named after Maine’s Sen. George Mitchell, who played a historic role in brokering peace accords between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Kinsey, who is a graduate of Eastern Maine Community College, will be studying at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), where all of her tuition, fees, books, and room and board will be paid for. She will also receive stipends for living and travel expenses.
During a recent ceremony at NMCC, Robert Clark, chair of the MCCS board of trustees, congratulated Kinsey and presented her with the award.
“This award is very prestigious and the board of trustees is proud to partner with the Mitchell Scholarship program to provide this incredible gift,” said Clark. “Kaitlyn is joining an elite group of students who have had the opportunity to study in Ireland through this program. We know she will represent Maine and the community college system well.”
“We’re very happy and excited for Kaitlyn who will have the experience of a lifetime,” said NMCC President Timothy Crowley. “I encourage you to make the most of your time, meet as many people as possible and let them get to know you. Don’t forget to send back highlights of your adventures!”
“I have always wanted to study abroad because I think it’s important to have a bigger, global picture and experiences with people from different cultures,” Kinsey explained. “I’m looking forward to broadening my knowledge of Ireland and immersing myself in the Irish culture. And I plan to keep in close touch via Facebook!”
While in the medical radiography program at EMCC, Kinsey maintained a 3.9 GPA, participated in a variety of clubs and membership organizations, and held many volunteer positions. Among them, she was the MCCS’s student representative on the board of trustees; a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; a member of EMCC’s women’s soccer team; and a Student Ambassador. Kinsey is also a talented flute player, having been selected as a member of the Maine All-State Band and Bangor Community Band.
She was honored as EMCC’s 2014 Student of the Year by the MCCS’s board of trustees in April.
After her time in Ireland, Kinsey plans to attend the University of Southern Maine to earn her bachelor’s degree in health sciences.
The Mitchell Peace Scholarship Program began 12 years ago in 2002. Candidates from all of Maine’s seven community colleges are eligible to apply.