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JMC Senior Celia Hallan Named Mitchell Scholar

Celia Hallan, a Michigan State University senior studying international relations in James Madison College with a dual major in environmental geography, was recently named a winner for the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. A nationally competitive program, the Mitchell Scholarship provides a year of postgraduate study in Ireland to twelve students a year. Hallan plans to study Ireland’s clean energy transition at University College Dublin in 2018-2019.

“Celia is a remarkable person, student and scholar who will have a significant impact in her field and in the broader society,” said Sherman Garnett, Dean of James Madison College. “Her accomplishments at MSU are just the beginning. Her work ethic, determination to learn, and outstanding work attracted the attention and comment of Madison professors since the very first class.”

Hallan is a co-founder and vice president of the Spartan Sierra Club as well as a member of Students for Social Justice and the Environment. She is also a University Distinguished Scholar, which earned her a full-ride scholarship to attend MSU, and was a finalist earlier this year for the Truman Scholarship.

Alongside the Rhodes, Marshall, and Gates Scholarships, the Mitchell Scholarship is generally considered among the one of the most competitive international fellowships for American students. Hallan joins three other JMC/MSU alumni in receiving this award: Margaret Born, 2017 winner and graduate; Joel Arnold, 2017 winner and 2015 graduate; and Kathleen Romig-Krepps, 2001 winner and graduate.

“I am especially proud that this award makes the third in two years, demonstrating that MSU and Madison College attracts great students and provides them an environment in which they are supported, challenged, and groomed for success,” Dean Garnett said.