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Nov. 24,  2010

Marshall Scholar Answers Call to Action

News Article ImageShivani Jain's field work in Ghana inspired her to create a non-profit organization, RISE Glocal. Read more about her service and scholarship at eScienceCommons.

Emory University senior Shivani Jain has been awarded the 2011 Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in England. She is the second consecutive Emory student to receive the scholarship and the 14th overall from the university.

Competition for Marshall Scholarships is extremely rigorous, and more than 800 candidates in the United States are interviewed each year for the exclusive awards. The scholarships finance up to 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a degree at the university of their choice in the United Kingdom for two years.

Jain plans to study global health and economic development at University College London, health policy at Cambridge University, and infectious disease control at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

"My father always told me that you should burn with passion and love for the rest of the world. You should take what you learn outside of yourself and apply it," says Jain.

The Emory senior took that advice to heart, planting seeds of change from Atlanta to Africa as she blazes through a degree in sociology.  "I still can't believe I got it," Jain says of the highly competitive, all-inclusive scholarship. " It's starting to sink in." 

"On behalf of the entire university, I congratulate Shivani on her esteemed achievement," says Emory University President James W. Wagner. "In the classroom and in the field, she has developed into one of Emory's brightest, most engaged and ethical students. While thoroughly committed to her scholarly work, Shivani is a vibrant and unflagging contributor to many community projects and initiatives that are already making a positive difference in Atlanta and beyond."

The British Parliament instituted the Marshall Scholarship program in 1953, named in honor of Gen. George C. Marshall, as a thank you to the American people for the assistance given to Europe in the aftermath of World War II. The selection process in the U.S. is managed by the British Council, on behalf of the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the regional Consulates-General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

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