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March 18, 2010
University of Dubuque Student Receives Irish American Scholarship

University of Dubuque sophomore Jasmyn Steele (Glendale Heights IL) has been awarded the Irish American Scholarship for 2010-2011 to study for one year at the University of Ulster's Magee campus in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Irish American Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship opportunity available to students attending schools that participate in the Business Education Initiative. Each year more than 100 students from Northern Ireland spend their junior year studying at more than 100 Presbyterian, Catholic, Episcopal and United Methodist colleges in the United States through the Business Education Initiative (BEI).

"The BEI/Irish American Scholars Program is small, but far-reaching in its impact on campus," said Phyllis Garfield, director of international studies. "Although it involves the exchange of just two students a year, the relationships they build both at UD and in the Northern Irish universities benefit all of our students. I'm so proud that UD continues to support this program. Our current BEI student, Colm McLaughlin, is a well-known presence here on campus, and I know that Jasmyn will be the same at Magee."

Sponsored by the British Council for Higher Education, BEI enables students to develop business and management skills and expand their awareness of the world outside of Northern Ireland. BEI was one result of U.S. Presbyterians and Catholics becoming involved in the Northern Ireland peace process in the early 1990s.

U.S. students attending colleges that participate in BEI can study in Northern Ireland through the Irish American Scholars program. Up to two students may be nominated by each participating college. Placement is made in Northern Irish universities based on available seats and the student's major course of study. Steele is a psychology and sociology major and plans to study sociology while at the University of Ulster.