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Michigan State University students, alumna named finalist for Mitchell, Rhodes scholarships

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

Anna Cumming, Celia Hallan, and Clara Lepard
Anna Cumming, Celia Hallan, and Clara Lepard

Celia Hallan, an Honors College senior majoring in international relations in the James Madison College and environmental geography in the College of Social Science, 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 in the College of Social Science, and Clara Lepard, an Honors College alumna who earned a degree in zoology in 2017 from the College of Natural Sciences.

Cumming is a resident assistant and peer educator for MSU’s Sexual Assault Relationship Violence (SARV) prevention program. She is also a research assistant for Assistant Professor Amy Simon.

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

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

The US-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. MSU has produced three Mitchell Scholars to date. 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. MSU has produced 17 Rhodes Scholars to date.

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship (NIFS) 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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