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IU Bloomington student awarded Mitchell Scholarship to study in Northern Ireland

  • Nov. 24, 2014

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington senior Rachel Green, a leader in campus sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention initiatives, has been awarded a George J. Mitchell Scholarship for graduate study in Northern Ireland.

She is one of 12 students awarded the scholarship, named for the former U.S. senator from Maine in honor of his contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process. The nationwide competition attracted 270 applicants. Scholars are chosen on the basis of academic distinction, leadership and service.

Green will study moral, legal and political philosophy at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to study in Belfast under the Mitchell Scholarship,” she said. “I am deeply grateful for the opportunities that Indiana University has provided me to grow as a leader and as a human being, and for the mentorship of faculty and staff who have guided me through my undergraduate experiences.”

Green, from Germantown, Tenn., is studying economics and sociology. She is senior advisor to Culture of Care, a student-led campus initiative that engages in awareness programming regarding mental health, drug and alcohol use, sexual well-being, and respect; and that has trained more than 2,000 students in bystander intervention. She is also co-director of U Bring Change 2 Mind, an IU Bloomington project that works with actress Glenn Close’s national organization to eliminate mental health stigma.

She is a Wells Scholar and a member of the Board of Aeons, a group of 13 students that advises IU President Michael A. McRobbie on campus issues. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career in public interest law.

Green is the fifth IU Bloomington student to receive a Mitchell Scholarship. Previous Mitchell Scholars from IU include Kathleen Claussen in 2007, Robert Musgrave in 2005, Emily Mark in 2003 and Elisabeth Russo in 2002.

This year’s finalists were interviewed by a selection committee made up of academic experts in international affairs and former Mitchell Scholars. Anne Anderson, Ireland’s ambassador to the U.S., welcomed the 20 finalists to a reception at the Irish Embassy.

The Mitchell Scholarship is the flagship program of the nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance, founded in 1998 by Trina Vargo, a former foreign policy advisor to Sen. Ted Kennedy. The organization educates the American public about contemporary Ireland and builds on the historic ties between the U.S. and Ireland to ensure a strong and vibrant relationship into the future.

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