EKU quarterback to interview for prestigious scholarship, play game on same day

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RICHMOND, Ky. (EKU Sports) – Eastern Kentucky University quarterback Tyler Swafford will interview Saturday morning for a Mitchell Scholarship in Washington, D.C. and then play later that afternoon in the Colonels’ game at home against Eastern Illinois.

Swafford’s interview is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes. He will then fly back to Kentucky and is expected to be at Roy Kidd Stadium around 12:30 p.m. The game is now scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a national, competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

“It’s a big honor, considering the prestige of the award,” Swafford said. “To get a chance to study in Ireland would be amazing. More than anything, I’m really excited for EKU and to be able to represent them through this process. The honors program here has been very helpful to me.”