The winners, considered among the top undergraduate university students and recent graduates in the United States, were chosen following a rigorous, months-long selection process. They will begin graduate studies at top academic institutions across the United Kingdom beginning in September next year
The British Government announced today the 41 winners of the 2022 Marshall Scholarships. The winners, considered among the top undergraduate university students and recent graduates in the United States, were chosen following a rigorous, months-long selection process. They will begin graduate studies at top academic institutions across the United Kingdom beginning in September next year.
The latest class of the UK’s 68-year-old Marshall Scholarship programme reflects a wide range of cultural, academic and geographic backgrounds. Among the cohort are nationally-recognized LGBT rights advocates, artists, award-winning documentary filmmakers and scientists conducting cutting-edge research on Artificial Intelligence and space travel. This year’s class also features the largest number of Service Academy graduates in the scholarship’s history, with seven Marshall Scholars hailing from the US Military Academy (three), US Naval Academy (two) and the US Air Force Academy (two).
“Marshall Scholars continue to represent the very best of American society, from their ingenuity and creativity to their commitment to public service,” said Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States. “For decades, the scholarship has played an important role in supporting young future leaders such as these and I am excited for them to continue their development at some of the UK’s top universities.” The program received nearly 1,000 applications from top undergraduate students representing institutions across the United States. Of the 33 US universities represented, nearly a third are from state or public universities. The University of New Hampshire won its first ever scholarship and the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (1993) and Montana State University (2013) won for only the second time in their respective histories.
“We are delighted to host them in the UK and welcome them into the long and proud tradition of Marshall Scholars who have contributed so much to the US, UK and the world,” said John Raine, Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. “I am pleased in particular to welcome Scholars from Universities who have not sent Marshall Scholars before and hope even more US Universities will encourage candidates next year”.
The program is principally funded by the British Government, but also benefits from generous support through partnership arrangements with world-leading British academic institutions, allowing winners to pursue graduate degrees in almost any academic subject at any university in the UK. The 2022 class will take up their studies at 21 different institutions across the UK starting next September, ranging from London institutions such as King’s College London to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
The scholarship program also continues to receive generous support from the Association of Marshall Scholars (AMS), the official alumni organisation of the Marshall Scholarship. The British Schools & Universities Foundation (BUSF) also provides generous support and funds for a scholarship.
About the Marshall Scholarship
Named for Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarship Program began in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude to the people of the United States for the assistance that the UK received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Since that time, it has remained uniquely positioned among national scholarships for its prestige and scope: offering talented young Americans the chance to study any academic subject at UK universities of their choice for up to 3 years. This has given rise to an unprecedented breadth of expertise in almost every academic field, producing numerous university presidents, six Pulitzer Prize winners, one Nobel Laureate, fourteen MacArthur Fellows, two-academy-Award nominees, two US Supreme Court Justices and a NASA Astronaut.
With over 2,200 scholarships awarded to date, Marshall Scholars are leading the conversation and direction of some of the most critical issues of our time. Notable winners of the scholarship include:
Supreme Court Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch
William Burns, Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Anne Applebaum, Tom Friedman, Jeffrey Gettleman and Dan Yergin
Ray Dolby, Founder of Dolby Laboratories and 1997 winner of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Dan Barouch, Leading COVID-19 vaccine researcher and William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Reid Hoffman, Philanthropist and founder of social networking platform LinkedIn
Anne McClain, NASA Astronaut who served aboard the International Space Station in 2018
Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State for the State of Michigan
Patrick Hovakimian, Associate Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice
Joshua Oppenheimer, Academy Award-nominated documentary film director of The Act of Killing
Nancy Gibbs, Former Managing Editor of TIME Magazine
Roger Tsien, 2008 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry
R.F. Kuang, Author of the Poppy War book series and 2020 winner of the Astounding Award for Best New Writer
For media inquiries about the Marshall Scholarship and the recipients, please contact Josh Stanton at Joshua.Stanton@fcdo.gov.uk.