Mitchell Scholarship

APPLICANT CAMPUS DEADLINE: 27 August 2021
RECOMMENDER CAMPUS DEADLINE:  3 September 2021

Step 1: Register/Create a Mitchell Application Account

  • Register/Create a Mitchell Application Account with (us-irelandalliance.org)
  • We only want you to create an account at this time. Once you have created an account, you may save your work, but DO NOT submit it, even if you believe it is complete. Dean Goldberg, on behalf of the Campus Selection Committee, will let you know when you may electronically submit your application. Until that time, we prefer that you work on your application off-line.
  • DO NOT register the names of your recommenders at this time. Once you submit their names/register them using the on-line application, the application program manager will contact those individuals requesting that they submit their letters of recommendation on-line. Once a letter is submitted on-line, it is very difficult for a recommender to retrieve and/or revise the letter.

Step 2:  èSubmit as WORD (do not use Google Docs) documents the following to Dean Goldberg no later than 27 August 2021  using the Submit Materials tab on our website.

 Detailed Resume with Dates (no more than 2 pages)

The Resume should include a pertinent list of college and other activities, leadership positions, honors (including prizes and scholarships), research, publications, conferences attended, etc.

Personal Statement of no more than 1000 words

The Personal Statement describes your academic and other interests. Additionally, it should describe the specific area of proposed study and your reasons for wishing to study in Ireland at the institutions selected.

It should convey this information in a manner that SHOWS rather than TELLS

It is NOT a narrative rendition of your Resume.

The Mitchell Selection Committee will place special emphasis on this personal statement.

Identify and explain your choice of 3 – 5 universities and programs where you wish to study in the Republic of or Northern Ireland.

Note: Institutional balance is a factor in the placement of Scholars, therefore, to enhance your prospects indicate multiple university preferences.

Identifying only 1 or 2 school preferences seriously weakens your chances of being selected as a Mitchell Scholar.

Web links to Irish universities is available on the Mitchell web page

The names, email addresses and a brief statement of why you have selected each of the 4 individuals who have agreed to write you STRONG letters of recommendation in support of your Mitchell application. Please see the Mitchell website for information on the type of letters that are acceptable as well as other details.

DO NOT SUBMIT the names of your recommenders into the online application at this time! This is important!

Please have your recommenders email their DRAFT letters as WORD attachments to Dean Goldberg (goldbeja@lafayette.edu). Their letters should be emailed no later than 3 September 2021.

Recommenders must refrain from submitting their letters through the Mitchell electronic application program at this time.

The reason this is important is that your application will probably be revised, sometimes substantially, after meeting with the Campus Committee and you will want your letters of recommendation to reflect your revised proposal since even minor disconnects can hurt your application.

Moreover, once a letter has been electronically uploaded into the application program, it is difficult to retrieve and revise that letter. The best advice, therefore, is to have recommenders refrain from officially submitting their letters using the Mitchell application until later in the application process.

Letters are an important component of the Campus Selection and Endorsement process. If the letter is submitted on-line using the Mitchell electronic application system prior to the campus selection process, your application will be disadvantaged. Therefore, PLEASE, PLEASE have your recommenders refrain from submitting their letters directly to the Mitchell Scholarship until the Campus Selection and Endorsement process is completed!!!

      Transcripts: You will need to submit copies of all transcripts, from all institutions attended. If you studied abroad, you will need to provide a copy of that transcript.            Obtain a copy of that transcript from your study abroad provider.

 èSubmit as PDF or hard copy to Dean Goldberg (105 Scott Hall) a signed copy of the Lafayette Nomination Permission and Waiver Form located on our website’s Submit Materials tab.

 Remember: Do not submit anything using the Mitchell on-line application at this time!

Work off-line until told to do otherwise by Dean Goldberg.

Questions:

 If you or your recommenders have any questions about the Mitchell Scholarship or campus application process, please do not hesitate to contact Dean Goldberg at goldbeja@lafayette.edu, externalscholarships@lafayette.edu, or 610.330.5067.