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 Scholarship Research

Since 2000, we have conducted longitudinal scholarship research to learn about the experiences of Mitchell Scholars and Alumni. The scholarship application process provides baseline data on family background, high school academic performance and extracurricular activities, and college financing. We conduct a survey each year throughout college asking about Mitchell Scholars’ college academics and extracurricular activities, summer work opportunities, community engagement, and college financing issues. Our Alumni survey collects information on graduate study, careers, families, and personal goals. These surveys also ask about the impacts of our scholarship and support programs on the Mitchell Scholars, and additional support that the Mitchell Institute could provide. Over time, this study has documented the ways the Scholars navigate college and careers, the educational and professional choices they make after college, and the effect of combining scholarship aid with support services and informal mentoring.

In 2012, in partnership with Bowdoin College, we launched the Mitchell Scholars Achievers Study, involving focus groups with current Scholars and in-depth interviews with Alumni about how they achieved a college degree and their experiences since college.


Current Scholars Fact Sheet

This fact sheet shows the educational and family background characteristics, community and school involvement, and colleges of current Mitchell Scholars.