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Dartmouth Alumnus Wins Mitchell

Daniel Preysman '04
Daniel Preysman '04

Daniel Preysman '04 is among the 12 national recipients of the 2006-2007 George J. Mitchell Scholarship. This is the first time a Dartmouth student or graduate has received the Mitchell award. A native of Sunnyvale, Calif., Preysman will study journalism as a Mitchell Scholar at Dublin City University.

"For the last several years, I've tried combining journalism with everything else I was doing," he says. "Now I'm getting a year to just work on my writing and reporting, and that's something I'm very excited about."

Preysman, who studied government and philosophy at Dartmouth, has been involved in a number of projects that deal with emerging democracies, particularly in the former Soviet Union. He worked in the Republic of Georgia with the International Crisis Group and the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies. At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Preysman conducted research on the role of justice in the international system. While at Dartmouth, he was president of the Mock Trial program and a senior editor of the Dartmouth College Undergraduate Journal of Law. Preysman also was codirector of Outdoor Leadership Experience, a nonprofit group working with local youth, where he helped double the number of middle school students in the program.

As an intern at the San Francisco bureau of the New York Times, two of Preysman's articles, including one on loopholes in the U.S. immigrant visa process, were published in the newspaper. He worked as a research assistant for New York Times reporter Katie Hafner's history of legendary pianist Glenn Gould's favorite piano, CD318, which will be published next year.

Launched in 1998 with an endowment from the Government of Ireland, the Mitchell Scholarship recognizes outstanding young Americans who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership, and community service. The Scholarship is named in honor of the pivotal role the former U.S. Senator played in the Northern Ireland peace process. The Mitchell Scholarship program links future American leaders to Ireland with a year of graduate study at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Mitchell Scholarships have become one of the most intensely competitive fellowship programs in the United States. There were 236 applicants from 171 colleges and universities for this year's 12 awards.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08