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Brigade Commander Named One of 12 Mitchell Scholars

Posted on: November 19, 2012 16:00 EST by Jessica Clark

From Naval Academy Public Affairs

The Naval Academy is proud to announce that Midshipman 1st Class Jonathan Poole has been awarded a Mitchell Scholarship.

Poole is one of 12 Mitchell Scholars selected from nearly 300 applicants this year.

This highly competitive academic scholarship provides one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Poole is from Yarmouth, Maine, and majors in applied mathematics. He will pursue a Master of Philosophy in International Public Policy and Diplomacy at University College Cork.

Poole currently serves as the fall semester brigade commander, in charge of over 4,500 midshipmen and is a member of the cycling team. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, he plans to commission as a Navy ensign and serve as a surface warfare officer.

With his degree in public policy, he plans to eventually return to Maine to help residents who struggle financially and attempt to aid the state in recovering from the decline of several maritime industries.

The Mitchell Scholars Program, named in honor of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, introduces and connects generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on their scholarship, leadership, and sustained commitment to community and public service.

The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend to scholars.

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