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UCC Student wins competitive Study of the U.S. Institutes Award in Social Entrepreneurship

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Tuesday 4 July 2017, Lauren Lehane of University College Cork was selected as the Irish candidate for the highly competitive Study of U.S Institutes (SUSI) Awards in social entrepreneurship. Ms Lehane recently arrived in the USA to begin an intense academic program for student leaders at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Ms Lehane is a BSc Government student at University College Cork, and is currently serving her second term on the U.S. Embassy Youth Council. She was a member of the winning social enterprise team ‘Isle of Hope’ at the U.S Embassy’s Creative Minds Hackathon, which took place last year in partnership with the DCU Ryan Academy.

SUSI Awards are 5-week academic programs that provide student leaders from all over Europe with a deeper understanding of the U.S., while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. These Awards include airfare, tuition, lodging, and a range of associated academic and cultural programming, and are funded through the U.S. Department of State, with support from the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange, and the U.S. Embassy in Ireland

At the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Ms Lehane will examine social entrepreneurship practices in the U.S. including the development, history, challenges and successes of U.S. social enterprises. The Program is an interactive and experiential one, combining classroom instruction with panel discussions, business visits and volunteer opportunities.

Over the coming month, Ms Lehane will meet with American local community leaders and address topics such as business ethics, negotiations, risk analysis, corporate social responsibility, strategic business planning and innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship. As part of the Award, she will also have the opportunity to interact with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. The Award will culminate in a student leaders’ visit to Washington, D.C.

Previous SUSI Award winners include Hader Serour (DIT), Deirdre Campbell (Maynooth University), and Arthur McKey (TCD). Applications for the 2018 SUSI Awards will open in January 2018, for further details see


For further information please contact:
Emma Loughney
, Fulbright Commission 086-1000290 / 01-6607670

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