Feb. 12, 2003
Ms. CANTWELL. Mr. President, I come to the floor today to recognize and congratulate one of the eleven winners of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, Miss Jasmin Weaver. Jasmin is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle and has been awarded this prestigious scholarship based on her academic excellence, leadership, and community service, Jasmin represents the third award winner from the University of Washington in the last three years.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which is administered by the nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance, was created to build bonds between American and Irish leaders and was named in honor of the respected former leader of this body who played an integral part in the peace process of Ireland. This scholarship allows university students the opportunity to do postgraduate study for a year at a university in Ireland. There were a record number of applicants this year, with nearly 300 students applying here in the United States.
This award has been particularly important for my home State, with three recipients of this award from the University of Washington in the last three years. Last year's award recipient was Matt Alexander and the previous year Dawn Hewett. I would like to personally congratulate all three winners of this award from our State and I know Washington students will continue their legacy of excellence through this award in the future.·