The US-Ireland Alliance offers twelve annual awards for Irish Americans looking to pursue post-graduate study at an Irish university. Handed out by the Mitchell Scholars Program, named for former US Senator George Mitchell, these awards want to introduce the best and brightest Irish American students to the country of Ireland, where they can share with Irish intellectuals and exchange ideas about Irish-American relations. Students must be between 18 and 30, and the award given depends on the cost of one year of postgraduate study at the institution of higher learning the student chooses in either Ireland or Northern Ireland. Academics, leadership skills, and an essay demonstrating the student’s commitment to public service are the criteria for the awards, which pay full tuition, a living expenses stipend, and a travel stipend to pay for plane travel from America to Ireland. One of the most prestigious Irish American scholarships, the George J. Mitchell Scholarship gives Irish Americans a chance to visit and study in their homeland.
Immigration to the area after 1914 was mainly from Italy and other southern European countries: Welsh became a minority language. The creation [ when? ] of a cooperative , the Cwmni Masnachol Camwy or Compañía Mercantil de Chubut , was important. The Society traded on the settlers' behalf in Buenos Aires and acted as a bank with 14 branches. The cooperative society collapsed in the Great Depression of the 1930s. The construction of a dam on the Rio Chubut 120 kilometres (75 mi) west of Trelew, inaugurated on 19 April 1963, removed the risk of flooding in the Lower Chubut Valley.