Troy sophomore wins George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship
George J. Mitchell Scholarship winner Lorna Harriman, a University of Maine sophomore from Troy, will spend a semester studying at the University College Cork in Ireland.
The scholarship allows one student to study for a year in Ireland or two students to study for a semester each with all expenses paid, including airfare.
“My biggest goal is to absorb as much of the culture as possible while I am there, but I also hope to learn about different education styles they may employ that can help me in the future as a teacher,” Harriman says.
The scholarship honors the 1998 Northern Ireland peace accord brokered by Sen. Mitchell between Ireland and the United Kingdom. It is open to full-time undergraduate students in the University of Maine system.
Harriman, an elementary education major, will study in Ireland during the fall 2013 semester. She has not been to Ireland before, and is looking forward to the experience.
Along with attending school full time, Harriman is a member of and teacher at the Robinson Ballet Co. in Bangor, and volunteers with the Black Bear Mentor Program.
Harriman hopes to teach English abroad after she graduates, earn a master’s degree in literacy education and eturn to Maine to teach middle-level language arts.
Harriman, a UMaine Merit Award winner, says “There are so many opportunities for success at UMaine. If you’re willing to work hard and explore, there is a place for everyone.”