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Oct. 7, 2016

Six students nominated for prestigious graduate school scholarships

Six students from Michigan State University have been nominated for three highly competitive graduate school scholarships – the Marshall Scholarship, the Mitchell Scholarship and the Rhodes Scholarship.

All three awards support U.S. citizens attending graduate school in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Among the nominees for the Marshall Scholarship is Joel Arnold, a recent graduate with degrees in social relations and policy from the James Madison College and urban and regional planning from the College of Social Science; Rebecca Carlson, an Honors College senior majoring in chemical engineering from the College of Engineering; and Clara Lepard, an Honors College senior majoring in zoology from the College of Natural Sciences.

Arnold, Alana O’Mara, an Honors College senior majoring in neuroscience in the Lyman Briggs College, and Margaret Born, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters, have been nominated for the Mitchell Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship nominees include Arnold, O’Mara and Eamon Devlin, an Honors College senior majoring in environmental studies and sustainability, as well as fisheries and wildlife in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“These are students who have gone above and beyond during their time at the university,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. “MSU is proud to nominate these gifted and hard-working students for these major awards.”

MSU has produced 18 Marshall Scholars, one Mitchell Scholar and 17 Rhodes Scholars.

The Marshall Commission provides support to approximately 40 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the country to study at any university in the United Kingdom.

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.

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship office at Michigan State University, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.

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