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Fellowship Program Named for COED Alum, Arnold Mitchem, Launched at DePaul University

Released: 11/10/11

Dr. Arnold L. MitchemDePaul University recently launched the Arnold L. Mitchem Fellowship program to attract and graduate strongly motivated and high-ability students of color interested in academic and research careers. The program is named after Arnold L. Mitchem, College of Education alumnus, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, and one of the nation’s foremost advocates of educational opportunity.

The Mitchem Fellowship program will more than double the university’s capacity to serve students of color and other students underrepresented in graduate school. Each year, the program will provide stipends to approximately 50 qualified undergraduates to engage in value-added educational activities that will improve their awareness of graduate school and academic careers, strengthen their preparation for graduate school admission, and extend the faculty networks both at DePaul and at other universities to facilitate the successful transition to graduate school and beyond.

Mitchem has spent his entire career working to advance the TRIO programs. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Access Network, former trustee of the College Board, and past president of the Committee for Education Funding. Mitchem currently serves on the board of trustees of Marquette University. He graduated from the University of Southern Colorado in 1965. Before receiving his doctorate at Marquette University, Mitchem studied European history as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 10 universities, including: St. Louis University; CUNY-Lehman College in New York; DePaul University; and the University of Liverpool, England.

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