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Thank you for taking the time to write a letter of recommendation for a nationally competitive scholarship application. Yours is a valuable contribution to this formative process and we appreciate your advocacy on behalf of the applicant.

Please be aware, it is a matter of NCS policy that applicants must waive their right to see your letter of recommendation. We also cannot accept letters authored by applicants; the endorsement must be from the letter-signer.

At any time in the process, from brainstorming the first draft to finalizing your letter, we are delighted to help. Please contact if you would like to discuss further or for questions or concerns.

  1. Scholarship
    • Appropriate academic program choice
    • Evidence of high academic achievement
    • Compelling reason to study in Ireland or Northern Ireland
  2. Leadership
    • Strength of Purpose
    • Creativity
    • Self-Awareness
  3. Commitment to community and public service
    • Ability to Engage with Others
    • Ability to appreciate the needs, motives and concerns of others
Endorsement Required?Yes. This is a multi-stage process.
Length750 word-maximum
Number of Recommendation Letters4 total: At least two of the four much be from persons with whom the student has done academic work.


Application Timeline
Endorsement Application Deadline

NCS will convene a faculty committee to decide which applicants will go forward to compete at the national level.

August 8
Endorsement Decisions Announced Early September
National DeadlineOnce endorsed, your applicant will enter your information into the application platform and you will receive a link to upload your letter to the national foundation website.September 30



The Mitchell Scholarship allows for no more than 750 words.

For the Endorsement Round: Submit your letter by email to

For the National Round: You will receive a link by email from the national foundation (check your spam folder) and must submit the letter online by the national deadline. No exceptions are made for late materials. It should be a signed PDF on letterhead. NCS cannot submit the letter on your behalf.

Please address your letter to the “Mitchell Selection Committee Members”

  • How does the applicant meet the Mitchell criteria?  What is outstanding about their scholarship, leadership, and/or character?
  • Why is Ireland the best place for them to study?
  • How does their study plan fit into their future ambitions?
  • What examples can you share that illustrate your strong endorsement for the candidate?
  • How does this applicant compare to other people you have taught/supervised?

Applicants are instructed to let you know as soon as they learn the decision of the campus endorsement committee. Endorsements are usually made by NCS during the end of the second week of class in the fall semester.