MSUToday
Published: Nov. 1, 2017

MSU students, alumna named finalist for Mitchell, Rhodes scholarships

Contact(s): Stephanie Cepak Honors College office: (517) 355-2326 scepak@msu.edu

Two Michigan State University undergraduate students and one alumna are finalists for two respected awards – the Mitchell Scholarship and Rhodes Scholarship.

Celia Hallan, an Honors College senior majoring in international relations and environmental geography, has been named a finalist for the nationally competitive Mitchell Scholarship.

Hallan was a finalist earlier this year for the Truman Scholarship. She is the founding member, secretary and campaign manager of the Spartan Sierra Club. She is also a leader of Students for Social Justice and the Environment on campus.

MSU’s two finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship are Anna Cumming, an Honors College senior majoring in history and political science, and Clara Lepard, an Honors College alumna who earned a degree in zoology in 2017.

Cumming is a research assistant, resident assistant and peer educator for MSU’s Sexual Assault Relationship Violence prevention program.

Lepard also worked as a research assistant and a resident assistant while she was a student. She also served as secretary for the Mason Hall student government.

All three will be interviewed for the scholarships Nov. 17-18.

The U.S.-Ireland Alliance established the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, which allows up to 12 future American leaders to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Rhodes Trust, the oldest of the major international competitive award foundations, provides 32 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the country an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England. 

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