BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Community College student Kaitlyn Kinsey has been named one of the recipients of the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship to study abroad in Ireland for the fall semester of 2014.
The Maine Community College System bestows the scholarship to 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 will study at Cork Institute of Technology where all of her tuition, fees, books, and room and board will be paid for. She also will receive stipends for living and travel expenses. Her first choice of study is dance, a field that she has been involved in and passionate about since a young age.
While in the medical radiography program at Eastern Maine Community College, Kinsey maintained a 3.9 grade point average, participated in a variety of clubs and membership organizations, and held many volunteer positions. She was the Maine Community College System’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 flute player, spending time as a member of the Maine All State Band and Bangor Community Band.
Kinsey was honored as EMCC’s 2014 Student of the Year by the Maine Community College System board of trustees in April.
“My time at Eastern Maine Community College has been wonderful,” Kinsey said. “I have loved it here. The staff and faculty are very dedicated and provide so many wonderful opportunities.”
“Kaitlyn is a model student who values both education and community service,” said Dr. Lawrence Barrett, president of EMCC. “She is an outstanding scholar and individual who will serve as a great ambassador of the Maine Community College System and state of Maine as a whole.”
Kinsey is originally from Fort Fairfield and entered the radiography program directly after high school. She credits her drive to expand her horizons beyond Maine as motivation for applying for the Mitchell Scholarship.
“I have always wanted to study abroad and be part of another culture,” she said. “Maine is like its own little world, and it is important to have a bigger, global picture and experiences with people from different cultures. I’m looking forward to broadening my knowledge of Ireland and immersing myself in the Irish culture. I’m really excited to see what it’s all about.”
As a high academic achiever at EMCC, Kinsey plans to continue to challenge herself scholastically at CIT. In her application essay, she wrote, “The more exposure and mind expansion I can obtain now, the better my educational experience will be. I want to push myself so I can receive the best education I can. I cannot think of a better self-improvement at this stage in my life than studying abroad.”
After her time in Ireland, Kinsey plans to attend the University of Southern Maine to earn a bachelor’s degree in health sciences.
The Mitchell Peace Scholarship Program began in 2002. The honor has been awarded to an Eastern Maine Community College student nine times out of those 12 years. Candidates from all of Maine’s seven community colleges are eligible to apply.