Marshall Scholarship

Who is eligible? American citizens holding a bachelor's degree conferred between 3 years before and the fall after application is made. Must have at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA. May not already hold a British degree or the degree-equivalent.
When is the Deadline? Campus: Mid-August
Marshall: Early October
Covers expenses for travel, living and one to two years of study, earning a postgraduate degree in any discipline in the United Kingdom. "Expressions of interest in studying at universities other than Oxford, Cambridge and LSE are particularly welcomed. Candidates are especially encouraged to consider the Marshall Partnership Universities."  Up to forty Marshall Scholars are named each year.
How Do I Apply? Candidates must be nominated by Marist College, and may not apply directly. Applicants must make a case for first- and second-choice programs of study, typically from the most rigorous programs in the target discipline. Application is online through the Embark electronic system.
Essay(s): One 500-word discussion of the applicant's promise as a prospective young ambassador from the United States; one 500-word essay illustrating the candidate's leadership qualities; a 500-word essay providing the rationale for the student's target university; one 1000-word personal statement.  The applicant should bear in mind the Marshall priority on candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding.
What happens
after I submit an application?
Finalists are invited to interview in one of the eight Marshall regions during the month of November.
What happens next? For each selected Scholar,the Commission makes every effort to secure placement at the first choice University and course, but ultimately the decision to accept a Scholar is with the University and not with the Commission. The Marshall Commission cannot, therefore, guarantee that a Marshall Scholar will be admitted to the University of their choice.

Established in 1953 by the British Parliament, the scholarships commemorate the human ideals of the European recovery program and are an expression of gratitude to the United States for the aid granted under the Marshall plan. These scholarships enable Americans to gain an understanding and appreciation of the British way of life, as well as their social and academic values. The hope is to encourage recipients to be ambassadors to the United Kingdom for their own way of life, and to establish long-lasting ties between the UK and the US on a personal level. Up to 40 Marshall scholarships are awarded annually.

The committee looks for students that are distinct in intellect and character, as demonstrated by academic achievements as well as participation in other activities and purposes. Preference is given to candidates that display a potential to make significant contributions in their own society. Candidates should indicate two preferred universities; it should be known that university choices other than Oxford or Cambridge are particularly welcome.

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