SMCC students receive George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarships, to study in Ireland

Two Southern Maine Community College students have received George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarships to study in Ireland next year.

Michael Marino, of Freeport, and Max Lorber, of Portland, will attend Cork Institute of Technology on the south coast of Ireland for a semester during the coming academic year.

Marino is earning a degree in Construction Technology and plans to continue his education in Construction Management upon graduation and eventually start his own construction company.

Lorber is earning his degree in Communications & New Media Studies. Upon graduation, he hopes to continue studying design and eventually work in the design and/or advertising fields.

The Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System created the scholarship as a tribute to former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell for his efforts to facilitate peace in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Community College System awards two Mitchell scholarships each year to Maine community college students.

Including this year’s selections, five SMCC students have been Mitchell Scholars since 2010.

The scholarship covers tuition and fees, books, room and board while also providing a living expense stipend and a travel grant.