Ryan Hanley, Civil Engineering Student, Named Mitchell
By Amy Cowles
Ryan Hanley, a senior from Hickory, N.C., has been
selected as a George J. Mitchell Scholar.
Hanley, 22, is one of 12 Mitchell Scholars chosen
nationwide for a year of graduate study at universities in
Ireland and Northern Ireland. Scholars are selected based
on their academic record, leadership and community
The Mitchell Scholarship, administered by the
U.S.-Ireland Alliance, a nonprofit organization in
Washington, D.C., is named in honor of the U.S. senator who
played a pivotal leadership role in the Northern Ireland
peace process. Hanley will pursue a master's degree in
civil engineering at
Trinity College in Dublin. He expects to earn a bachelor's
degree from Johns Hopkins in the same field in May.
Among Hanley's extracurricular accomplishments is the
creation of Hopkins 4K for Cancer, an annual cross-country
bike trek dedicated to uniting communities across the
country in the fight against cancer by spreading awareness,
raising funds and fostering hope. Organized by Hanley and
other Johns Hopkins students, the group is now planning its
third summertime journey. The effort was inspired by the
memory of Hanley's father, John Hanley, who died of cancer.
Hanley hopes one day to incorporate other colleges into the
An accomplished athlete, Ryan was a starting player on
a Johns Hopkins varsity soccer team that has been ranked as
high as sixth in NCAA Division III. Earlier this year, he
spent a semester studying in Prague and played there for
the Charles University soccer team.
Launched in 1998, the Mitchell Scholarships are among
the most prestigious fellowships in the United States,
drawing the same candidates as the long-established Rhodes,
Marshall and Fulbright scholarships. This year's Mitchell
competition for 12 awards had 245 applicants from 166
colleges and universities across the country.
The Mitchell Scholarship program was inaugurated in
1998 with an endowment established by the government of
Ireland. Other significant financial support is provided by
the Northern Ireland executive and the U.S. Department of
State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Automsoft, Becton Dickinson, Bombardier Aerospace (NI)
Foundation, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Crucible and
the McDonnell Charitable Foundation also provide funding
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