THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The UK government has announced the 46 recipients of 2021 Marshall Scholarships. The scholarships are part of a programme dating back to 1954, when Britain passed the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act, a law which recognized the importance of the US Marshall Aid plan in the aftermath of the Second World War.
This year, in a first for the programme in its 66 year history, the majority of scholarship recipients - 52% - are from a minority background in the United States, including a record number of Black and Latinx scholars.
Discussing this year's winners, Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States, said that "Marshall Scholarship classes traditionally represent a diverse mix of cultural, academic, institutional and socio-economic backgrounds, but the 2021 class is truly ground-breaking. This class, one of the most diverse and inclusive in the program’s history, is a wonderful mirror of modern American society and demonstrates the vital role that the Marshall Scholarship continues to play in maintaining a vibrant US-UK relationship."
Christopher Fisher, chair of the Marshall Commission, added that "Throughout the life of the Program, Marshall Scholars have regularly pursued academic disciplines which reflect contemporary issues and priorities. With this new class, we see Scholars continuing to search for a better understanding of today’s world and how best to meet tomorrow’s challenges. In the face of the most pressing current crisis - the COVID-19 pandemic - we see dozens of Marshall Scholars contributing to finding a solution to the associated health, social and economic challenges, whether in the laboratory, in the hospital or in the formulation of policy and practical responses."
A full list of recipients of 2021 Scholarships can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/marshall-scholarship-winners-2021. Congratulations to them all!
For more information on the Marshall Scholarships programme, go to www.marshallscholarship.org.