The Marshall Scholarship
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in nearly any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions.
Students apply for the Marshall Scholarship during the fall of their senior or last year of studies at their undergraduate institution. To complete a competitive application, which includes five substantial essays, applicants should begin the process of writing and revising these essays months prior to the fall semester deadline, which typically occurs during the first week of October. Applicants who advance as finalists will interview with the selection committee in November and are evaluated, according to Marshall, for their “potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding.”
In addition to the extensive application, letters of recommendation, and academic transcript(s), the Marshall Aid Commemorative Commission (the UK governmental agency that awards the approximately 40 Marshall Scholarships annually) also requires a university endorsement, written by President Livingstone. Applying for a Marshall involves an intricate process: in addition to obtaining all these documents, Baylor’s Faculty Representative, Dean Hogue, submits the online application and supporting documents to the Marshall Commission on your behalf. For these reasons, it is important to understand the process and begin working on materials months in advance of submission.