October 18, 2016
McGeorge student Michele Gish, '17, was awarded the League of Women Voters of Sacramento 2016 Anne Rudin Scholarship at a reception in October.
The Anne Rudin Scholarship Fund commemorates the accomplishments of former Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin, and enables other women to pursue higher education in the fields of public administration and public policy. Rudin served both as President of the League of Women Voters of Sacramento and the League of Women Voters of California. She then became a member of the Sacramento City Council for 12 years and Mayor of Sacramento from 1983 to 1992. Mayor Rudin was the first woman elected to be Sacramento's mayor. Mayor Rudin presented the 2016 scholarship award to Michele.
The scholarship committee shared with Michele why she was selected: "Your extraordinary commitment and active involvement in serving and advocating for those most needing assistance is inspiring. You have also maintained an impressive academic record at McGeorge School of Law, which your professors have affirmed with enthusiasm."
"I am very grateful for the mentorship and support I've received from my professors at McGeorge. I wouldn't have qualified for this scholarship without their encouragement and guidance," said Michele. "Meeting Mayor Rudin was a great honor. She told the story of how she became mayor. I left the reception energized and inspired."
Michele is currently a legal intern at the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, where she performs legal research and case analysis for client's seeking asylum in the United States. This past summer, Michele interned with the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in Arusha, Tanzania. During summer 2015, she served as a legal intern with Amnesty International in Dublin, Ireland, where she focused on Ireland's Refugee and Immigration Law.
Prior to entering law school, Michele enjoyed a successful 15-year career in finance, with roles ranging from staff accountant to controller. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude.