Two Princeton students named Mitchell Scholars

Two Princeton University seniors majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have been awarded 2004-05 George J. Mitchell Scholarships for a year of postgraduate study at universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Robert Mulcare and Cynthia Romero are among 12 Mitchell Scholars chosen from 245 applicants representing 166 colleges and universities nationwide. Mulcare will seek a master's degree in economic policy evaluation at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Romero will pursue a master's degree in comparative ethnic conflict at Queen's University in Belfast.

The scholarships, inaugurated in 1998, recognize outstanding American students who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership and community service. Administered by the Washington, D.C.-based U.S.-Ireland Alliance, the scholarships are named in honor of the former U.S. senator and his role in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Mulcare, who is from Greenwich, Conn., also is pursuing a minor in finance at Princeton. He is president of the Foundation for Student Communication, which publishes the widely circulated Business Today magazine. He directed the 2002 Business Today International Conference in New York, which featured prominent business leaders and attracted students representing 92 institutions in 16 countries. Mulcare also has worked as an economics tutor, served as a mentor in the University's Big Brother/Big Sister program, written for the Triangle Club musical theater troupe and played for Princeton's ice hockey club.

Romero, who is from North Brunswick, N.J., has concentrated on Eastern Europe in her studies in the Wilson School, primarily focusing on ethnic relations. She is the president of Accion Puertorriquena y Amigos, the University's Latino student association, and leads the committee that organizes Princeton's Latino Heritage Month. Romero currently serves as an intern at the Project on Ethnic Relations, a Princeton-based organization that works toward preventing ethnic conflict in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She also volunteers as a mentor to the Princeton University Preparatory Program, a program that helps local high school students prepare for college.

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