Marshall scholarships enable American students who have demonstrated high academic ability to study abroad in England. Every year, forty recipients are chosen for this highly prestigious award. This award continues to foster the relationship between the American and British, through a cultural exchange. Students who are selected for this award are eligible to select any degree that is offered at an eligible college or university in the UK. A full list of eligible colleges can be found at this website: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/studyuk/ukinstitutions.
In order to be eligible for this award, students must be a citizen of the United States. Students must have at least a 3.7 grade point average from their bachelor’s degree and must have completed their first undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. institution prior to beginning their term as a Marshall scholar. Lastly, students must not have attended a British university in the past.
Applicants for this award are chosen based on a combination of factors. One of the main criteria that influences whether applicants are chosen is whether they can fulfill the aims of the scholarship. As such, students who show likelihood of being leaders, scholarships, and extending the US-UK relationship are chosen. These three main criteria are all considered equally when judging applicants. In terms of academic merit, the committee considers a number of criteria, including the quality of the proposed field of study, the knowledge of the proposed supervisors, letters of recommendation, and a demonstrated ability to perform at a high level in the classroom. When considering leadership potential, the committee specifically considers: strength of purpose, creativity, self-awareness, and proven ability to produce results. Lastly, in terms of ambassadorial potential, students who demonstrate and understanding of US/US relationships, strong interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and the ability to apply skills learned from previous extra-curricular activities in the UK.
The award covers the full cost of the host university fees as well as living expenses. In addition, there is a yearly allowance for books, support for international travel, and grants to support a thesis, research, and daily travel grant. The award covers either a one year or two-year scholarship. The two-year award may be extended into a third year in some circumstances.
In order to apply for the award, students must select one of the eight regions and apply through there. Students should select the region that they consider their home address or the region where they study. The eight regions are: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. A full list of the states and cities that fall into each region can be found here: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/usregions.
Students must complete their application prior to October of the year before they anticipate the award. Students must complete their application online and then it it sent to their college or university. The university must endorse the application in order for the student to be considered for the award. Once the student’s home university provides a letter of endorsement, the application precedes through the appropriate regional committee. A list of previous recipients can be found at this website: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/scholars/winners_announced.