BANGOR, Maine — Kori Kinney, who grew up in Presque Isle, earned an associate degree in May from Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. She is one of two Maine community college students awarded the 2013 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship to attend the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland. The scholarship is an exchange between these institutions. CIT waives tuition and fees, covers the cost of books, and provides room and board plus a small living-expense stipend. The scholarship provides a $1,000 travel grant.
The scholarship-exchange was created jointly by the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System in tribute to The Honorable George J. Mitchell for his work in bringing about the 1998 Peace Accord in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Scholarship recipients must be strong in academics and community service. MCCS has sent two George J. Mitchell Scholars to CIT each year, beginning in 1999.
Kinney’s dream is to have her own boarding and training facility for riding and racing horses, with space to keep retired racehorses and to rehabilitate injured horses. Recognizing that her dream will be hard to support, she went to EMCC to study medical radiography. She hopes to someday manage a medical imaging department while also indulging her passion for horses. To that end, she’ll study business management at CIT, then pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
When asked about the honor Kinney said, “This is an amazing opportunity made possible by George Mitchell’s hard work and perseverance in creating a peace agreement in Ireland that holds to this day. I’m honored to have been chosen for this scholarship and so thankful and excited for the opportunity to spend a semester in Ireland representing Maine and continuing my education to reach my career goals.”
In high school Kinney was named to the National Honor Society, and in 2010, won the Miss Presque Isle Scholarship Pageant. She was secretary of her 4H Club and a member of the Pine and Spurs Riding Club. She is now a club board member. At EMCC, she worked on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House, and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
For information on the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship progra, visit mccs.me.edu/student/gm.