Three Harvard students – two undergraduates and a Medical School student – will be studying in Ireland for a year as part of the inaugural cohort of George J. Mitchell Scholars. Winifred Li and Laela Sturdy, both seniors living in Eliot House, and Rebecca Reichert, a second-year medical student in the Medical School/M.I.T. Health Sciences and Technology program, were among the 12 Americans selected from more than 250 applicants in a nationwide competition.

The Mitchell Scholars will pursue one year of postgraduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Named in honor of Sen. George J. Mitchell’s contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the scholarships are awarded to individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have shown academic distinction, commitment to service, and potential for leadership.

The Mitchell Scholars will begin their studies in fall 2000. At least one student will attend each of Ireland’s seven universities and Northern Ireland’s two universities.

Commenting on the recipients, Sen. Mitchell noted that, in addition to academic distinction and leadership roles, “each has made a significant contribution to their community, and shows every promise of a future that includes service to others.”

The Mitchell Scholarships are administered by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, a Washington-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Americans about the island of Ireland and to consolidating existing relations between the United States and Ireland, North and South.

Information and an application for the 2001 competition may be found on the Mitchell Scholarship Website in mid-March: http://www. mitchellscholar.org.