Lauren Parnell Marino (BS07) was among 12 U.S. university students named 2009-10 George J. Mitchell Scholars. The prestigious scholarships provide funding for winners to study at universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Parnell now lives in Uganda, where she is leading fair trade efforts with Uganda Crafts 2000, a nonprofit organization. At SESP, she researched fair trade in Tanzania and Uganda for her honors thesis.
As a Northwestern student, she received the Lincoln Laureate Award, which is given to the one senior who best exemplifies the academic achievements and commitment to public service for which Northwestern is known.
She also was selected a "Volunteer of the Year" for her work in a wide range of activities, including fair trade, homeless shelters and the International Youth Volunteerism Summit. She was a leader in the Northwestern Community Development Corps, the campus service group.
This year more than 300 people applied for Mitchell Scholarships, which have been given for 10 years. The last Northwestern student to win a Mitchell Scholarship was Nick Johnson in 2003.
Last Modified: 8/14/09