Alumna Bessie Young Awarded Mitchell Scholarship to Study Photography and Aging

Submitted on Monday, 11/21/2011, at 11:23 AM

November 21, 2011

Amherst College alumna Bessie Young has been selected as one of 12 recipients nationwide of the 2012-2013 George J. Mitchell Scholarship, the US-Ireland Alliance has announced. A 2011 graduate of Amherst and the college’s first-ever winner of a Mitchell, Young was chosen from 300 applicants for the award, which funds one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Amherst Bulletin: 'Senior Center Angel': Amherst College student excels at connecting generations

Bessie Young ’11 was the subject of this glowing feature in the local newspaper that focused on her service to the Amherst Senior Center. “Each year we have 50 students that we supervise,” commented the organization’s director, Nancy Pagano. “In my 38 years here I have never seen a student leader who, through her public service, has made such a varied and long-term significant difference to our elder and college community and endeared herself to so many.”