Our Evidence-Based Success

The Mitchell Institute’s scholarship research documents the college and career experiences of our Scholars, provides evidence of Scholars’ success, and evaluates our programs and events to ensure that Mitchell Scholars and Alumni receive effective support.

Since 2000, we have conducted longitudinal scholarship research to learn about the experiences of Mitchell Scholars and Alumni. Our research on Mitchell Scholars demonstrates that our methods work: While 44% of recent Mitchell Scholars were the first in their families to attend college and 80% came from households earning less than Maine’s median family income, they graduate at a rate 27 percentage points higher than the national average. Over 50% achieved earnings early in their careers that were higher than their entire family household income at the time they applied for the Mitchell Scholarship.

Watch Mitchell Scholar Emily Birdsall Explain Why She Is Grateful for the Mitchell Institute’s Holistic Application Review Process