This year’s scholarship class is the largest in the program’s 65-year history, according to a press release. Medrano ’19, and Vaibhav Mohanty ’19 are among the 48 U. undergraduate students selected for the prestigious scholarship, which covers the cost of a graduate-level education at an institution in the United Kingdom in any field of study.
“I knew I was never going to be able to afford studying film post-grad, unless there was some sort of radical scholarship that allowed me to do so.
I just sort of thought it was too wonderful an opportunity to pass up.” Hanrahan said that during the in-person interview for the scholarship, he “tried to make a real plead for the arts as having a deserving and valid place within these post-graduate fellowships.” Hanrahan plans on using the scholarship to study at the graduate school at the Royal College of Art in London.
Applicants are evaluated by a committee panel of USC faculty.
The panel has endorsed students from a wide range of majors, career goals and leadership experiences.
While there is no standard portfolio for a successful candidate, the faculty committee looks for demonstration of the Marshall selection criteria in candidates.
The Selectors will also look for adequate preparation for the proposed course of study, particularly in the upper-level course work and real strength in the major field.Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth.Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.Hanrahan said he aspires to become a filmmaker.“It was so surreal to find out.I didn’t think I was going to get it,” Hanrahan said.Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic program.Succinctly, Marshall Scholars are deep thinkers who are prepared for leadership in multiple sectors and get things done.Students seeking USC nomination must submit certain application components by the campus endorsement deadline (biographical info, grade report, statements and four letters of recommendation).Candidates will be notified whether they have been invited to a campus endorsement interview.Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply within two years of their undergraduate graduation. Preference will be given to candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. Candidates are evaluated on academic achievement, leadership potential, social commitment, and communication skills.