Princeton senior Sam Bisno named Mitchell Scholar

Princeton Class of 2024 member Sam Bisno has been selected as a George J. Mitchell Scholar. This year, 12 students nationwide were awarded Mitchell Scholarships by the US-Ireland Alliance.

Sam Bisno

Bisno, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will study history at Queen’s University Belfast. He said he plans to research how transatlantic slavery and abolitionism influenced the trajectory of both Ireland and the United States.

At Princeton, Bisno is a history major and is also pursuing certificates in African American studies, Latin American studies and humanistic studies.

Bisno was named the recipient of the Carter Kim Combe (’74) Princeton History Prize for the best second-semester, junior year independent work in history.

He serves as the editor-in-chief of the Princeton Historical Review and editor-in-chief of The Nassau Weekly.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program supports U.S. scholars for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline. The program is named in honor of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell and his contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process, according to the US-Ireland alliance.

The scholars will begin their studies at universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland in September 2024. According to the US-Ireland alliance, the scholarship is designed to promote international understanding among future leaders of the world and recognizes outstanding academic distinction, leadership and service.