Several Students Win Prestigious Awards

The Office of National Scholarships (ONS) at Marshall University is housed in the Honors College. The office has had demonstrable success helping students from across the campus (regardless of membership status in the Honors College) navigate and ultimately win highly competitive national scholarships.The ONS helps all students find nationally-competitive scholarship programs that are a good fit with them and their professional goals. Under the direction of Mallory Carpenter, the office assists students to stay up-to-date with deadlines and guide them throughout their application process.

In a true bright spot for news, this year has been a very good one for success in highly competitive national scholarships at Marshall.

Maria “Ellie” White has been named one of 396 college students to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.The scholarship, a partnership between the Department of Defense  National Defense Education Program and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship  and Excellence in Education Foundation, is one of the highest honors undergraduates in STEM fields can receive.

The award offers a $7,500 scholarship for the junior and senior years of college. White is only the second Marshall University winner of the  scholarship, and the first recipient in 20 years. She was the only student from West Virginia selected in the competition. A physics major,  she plans to earn her Ph.D. in astrophysics studying astrobiology,  radio astronomy instrumentation, and SETI. She aspires to work as a staff scientist at an observatory. White has conducted research at Green Bank Observatory, and presented at multiple national and regional conferences. Read more …

Anna Williams has won the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. She was one of 62 students selected from a pool of over 773 candidates for the award, and the only student from  West Virginia selected this year.

The scholarship is designed to encourage outstanding students who are interested in careers in public service. Students who are selected must have strong evidence of academic merit and leadership experience, as well as a long history of service. The scholarship offers up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, access to a vast alumni network of previous Truman Scholars, leadership development opportunities and  internship experiences.

Williams is only the second Marshall University student to receive the scholarship. Read more …

Mary Anna Ball, a West Virginia native and recent Marshall University  graduate, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to the  United Kingdom in dance from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Ball will study dance at  University of Roehampton as part of a project to study the change in  perception of both dance and performer from classical antiquity to the modern era.The Fulbright Program is the flagship international  educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United  States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is  funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide. Read more …

Jacqueline Brown, a Marshall University senior, has received a National Defense Education Program SMART Scholarship. As part of the program, Brown will participate in a summer internship at a Department of Defense facility and receive civilian job placement after graduation with the Department of Defense, in addition to a stipend and scholarship.

A computer and information security major, Brown is active in research, community service and leadership. She is a computer science  leadership program leader, and also works as a NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium undergraduate student fellowship researcher, where she researches Collusive Interest Flood attacks. In the past, she has participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, and is a member of the Society of Black Scholars.

The SMART Scholarship is awarded to students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who demonstrate an interest in working for the federal government. Awardees must be eligible to receive and maintain a security clearance and must be U.S. citizens. The program has an average overall award rate of 14% and accepted around 350 scholars this year. Read more …

Two Marshall students have won Freeman-ASIA scholarships to study abroad in the spring of 2021. Alexander Khoury and Morgan Rash both plan to attend Kansai Gaidai University in Kansai, Japan. Khoury, who also recently won the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, is a senior double majoring in International Business and Management. Khoury studies Japanese at Marshall, and intends to use the language in international missions and missionary work. Rash is a junior majoring in Japanese and English. She is a member of Marshall’s Honors College and is president of the Sado (Tea) Club. She hopes to work as a translator after graduating.

Freeman-ASIA offers scholarships of up to $7,000 for study abroad expenses including travel, living costs, tuition, books, etc. The scholarship is open to students who are U.S. citizens with 2.8 GPAs or higher who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance in a proposed study abroad program in one of fifteen Asian countries. Winners are selected by the quality of the essays and an interest in Eastern or Southeast Asian Studies.

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