A UNC student, Alexander Peeples, and a UNC graduate, Shauna Rust, have been awarded this year's George J. Mitchell Scholarship, a highly prestigious annual fellowship awarded to 12 scholars nationwide. The scholarship supports graduate studies in Ireland in a subject of their choosing, and covers housing, tuition, and a stipend for costs of living and travel.UNC is the only school that had two students win the scholarship this year.
“It was amazing to receive the news," Rust said. "It was a complete honor and a huge surprise that I was chosen."
While in Ireland, 2016 graduate Rust will be earning her masters in public policy focusing on health policy. She plans to learn how Ireland is reforming their healthcare system and pursuing universal health care.
“I knew I wanted to pursue graduate studies,” said Rust. “I wanted to study abroad. The scholarship peaked my interest — being able to get my graduate degree and live abroad for one year.”
Peeples, a senior and columnist for The Daily Tar Heel, will be earning his masters degree in international justice.