Amar Bhardwaj and Praveena Fernes to study in UK from Sep 2020.
Two Indian American graduates are among 46 Marshall scholars selected for the British Government’s Marshall Scholarships for American students for the year 2020 to pursue degree courses at leading British universities.
The two Indian-American scholars, Amar Bhardwaj from Columbia University and Praveena Fernes from Tulane University, will start their studies in September 2020 at the University of Edinburgh and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) respectively.
“The Marshall Scholarship scheme continues to be one of the most important and successful programs the British Government supports across the world,” said Michael Tatham, ChargÃ© d’Affaires at the British Embassy in Washington, DC.
Itâ€™s only for the second time in the programâ€™s 66-year history that as many students have been chosen for the scholarships given to highly accomplished university students and recent graduates from across the US.
Next year, “we will have the largest ever number of Scholars studying in the UK,â€ said Marshall Commission chair Christopher Fisher noting that this is the third consecutive year in which more than 40 graduates have been selected.
â€œWhile this Programâ€™s origins are in recognizing the generosity of the past, its continuing currency reflects the value of supporting the promise of the future as represented by our Scholars,â€ he said.
The 2020 Marshall Scholarship recipients represent a wide diversity of cultural, academic, institutional and socio-economic backgrounds and more than one-third of this year’s class are from minority backgrounds and 61 percent of this year’s class are female scholars, said the organizers.
Two American universities, Washington State University and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, will send Marshall Scholars to the UK for the first time in their history. The State University of New York, Stony Brook has won only its second Marshall Scholarship since the first one in 2006.
Over one-third of scholars hail from state or public universities and five from military service academies. They come from a diversity of backgrounds such as entrepreneurs, documentary filmmakers, record-holding Division I athletes, Shakespearean actors and climate scientists.
The batch of 46 winners has been selected following a rigorous and high-competitive selection process that drew over 1,000 applications from top undergraduate students.
Though the program is funded by the British Government, it is designed to benefit contributions from 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 2020 class will take up their studies at 16 different institutions across the UK, ranging from Imperial College London to the University of the Highlands and Islands in the Scottish Highlands.
The scholarship program also receives grant and support from the Association of Marshall Scholars (AMS), the official alumni organization of the Marshall Scholarship. Through the AMS, alumni provide substantial support to the program.
Here’s the full list: Winners of the 2020 Scholarship – Marshall Scholarships