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Jewell alum receives prestigious Mitchell Scholarship
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
November 28, 2007

Christopher Rosson, a member of the William Jewell College class of 2006, was recently selected as one of 12 recipients nationally for the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarships are awarded annually to 12 Americans, under the age of 30, to pursue a year of post-graduate study at any university on the island of Ireland. The awards are named after former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell who spearheaded the historic Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which produced peace in Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship program recognizes outstanding young Americans who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership and community service. The program seeks to link future American leaders with the island of Ireland.

The 12 new Mitchell scholars were selected after a rigorous application process that drew more than 300 applications from 139 different schools. “These Scholars already are leaders in fields ranging from national security to intellectual property, ubiquitous computing, human rights, and neuroscience,” said Mary Lou Hartman, Director of the Mitchell Scholarship program. “As we approach the tenth anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement, these young leaders are the perfect heirs to Senator Mitchell’s legacy.”

Rosson is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He will use the Mitchell Scholarship to study at Queen’s University Belfast, with a focus on violence, terrorism and security issues.

The George Mitchell Scholarship places a unique emphasis on integrating the educational program with an intensive leadership program. Throughout the year, Mitchell scholars have the opportunity to meet and brainstorm with leaders of Irish government, business, culture, and the arts and to fully immerse themselves in the most important events throughout the island.

This year’s Selection Committee included former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake; National Book Award winner Alice McDermott; former State Department official and internet health leader Chris Schroeder; Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Collins; Dr. Robert Clarke, a leading cancer expert; former head of Amnesty International William Schulz; and Irish venture capitalist Gerry McCrory. For more information on the Mitchell Scholarship, go to http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=2  

Rosson, a business administration and economics major at Jewell, is a first-generation college student. He was a 2005 and 2006 finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and was a member of USA Today’s Academic All-American first team in 2006. While studying at William Jewell, Rosson won a research grant to travel to Israel and the occupied territories, including Palestinian refugee camps. His resulting thesis on Israeli-Palestinian economic relations caught the eye of the planners of a national conference on the Middle East, where Rosson presented the keynote address. He also received the Gilman Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education. Rosson used the Gilman award to study in William Jewell College’s Oxford Overseas Study Course at Oxford University during the spring 2005 semester. He was a member of William Jewell’s basketball team during his first two years on campus.
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