African-American Woman Wins Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholars program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, provides tuition to an Irish university, plus housing and living expenses and an international travel stipend. Up to 12 scholars are chosen each year.

This year nine Mitchell Scholars were selected from nearly 300 applicants at 150 colleges and universities. One of the nine Mitchell Scholars is black.

Deirdre Mask is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College where she majored in the Classics and Latin. At Harvard she was the arts editor for the Harvard Crimson. After graduation she spent a year studying at Oxford University before returning to the United States to enroll at Harvard Law School. There she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and taught an undergraduate law course at Harvard College. After graduation she served as a law clerk for U.S. district and appeals court judges.

She will spend the next year at the National University of Ireland in Galway where she will study creative writing.