A brilliant young historian from the University of Kansas, Jay Sexton has the right balance for an ideal Marshall Scholar of intellectual confidence and leadership quality. He has progressed from being a twelve-year-old drummer boy - civil war re-enactments - to specialising in Anglo-American relations during the US Civil War, in which he has conducted extensive research. He has an impressive grade point average of 3.9. He intends to complete his research on Britain's role during the American Civil War by returning to the University of Oxford to study an MLitt in Modern History.
Jay shows exceptional potential to mould public opinion and influence political leaders to learn the lessons of history before establishing their policies. He is, as well, a person with strong moral convictions and a commitment to serve society, as demonstrated by his extensive work with and for disadvantaged and at-risk young people. A two-time State tennis champion in high school, he has already been a member of the Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club (Summers 1993-7). Jay is also an accomplished ballet dancer and performed at the Leid Center, the University Performing Arts Center in 1997. Other non-academic activities include tutoring for literacy, tennis instructor, and democratic party volunteer.
Matt Spence is pursuing a DPhil at Oxford in International Relations, studying the impact of American democracy promotion in former Communist countries. Matt graduated from Stanford Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Political Science, and a masters degree in International Policy Studies. At Stanford, Matt placed 5th in the world in debate, and continues to debate for the Oxford Union. He recently served as an elections monitor in Kosovo, and aspires to a career in foreign policy. Matt loves travel, cooking, theater, and college football (the real, American kind).
Sarah Stewart of East Peoria, Illinois, is a remarkable student, blending academic achievement with a passionate commitment and vision towards international health care, and ability to lead people and orchestrate resources.
As a dedicated and intelligent student, she received a BA in Chemistry and as member of Phi Beta Kappa, she was on the Dean's list all four years and on the President's List the last three. She is a winner of a number of academic scholarships and awards, and has already produced four publications in the area of spectroscopy. Her experiences in Haiti, India, and Namibia demonstrate an unusual capacity for organisation and effectiveness in very difficult situations. Sarah maintains rigorous academic schedules and programs of research and yet still finds time to contribute to the community in substantial ways. She has worked with senior citizens in a nursing home, assisted at an abused women shelter, taught Sunday school, worked for Habitat for Humanity and founded Friends of Haiti, an organisation designed to provide assistance to that underdeveloped country. In short, Sarah has demonstrated both commitment and an ability to become a powerful advocate for the health care in the future.
Robert Ward, from Albuquerque, New Mexico is not only a physicist with a gift for explaining the highly technical in clear simple terms, but a gifted actor with the ability to perform to the same level of excellence in the humanities as in the sciences. A winner of numerous academic awards, Robert is active in student life and in sports. As well as volunteering at the University of New Mexico Crisis Centre, he is an active tutor and mentor in his High School, giving back to that community as well as to his University. He was instrumental in establishing the Odysseus programme, (a success oriented workshop for targeted, underprivileged 9th graders), in Albuquerque's public high schools. Robert will use his Marshall Scholarship to study physics at Oxford with a world-leading quantum computing group.
A brilliantly gifted 21 year old with a perfect record in Biochemistry at Columbia University, New York. With an infectious enthusiasm for his work in biochemistry Richard has already earned the respect from several leaders in his field. He has many personal and non-academic interests, tutoring with Columbia University Mentoring Program and at home in Miami volunteering at Mount Sinai Medical Center. A keen volleyball player, Richard enjoys listening opera and classical music while he is cooking. He is the recipient of many awards and grants and is currently a Barry M Goldwater Science Scholar, he is planning on using his Marshall Scholarship to study Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.
Katherine of Shoreview, MN, is an accomplished and talented individual who graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Macalester College in 2000, with a double major in Gender Studies and Communications. During her scholarship tenure, she will complete an MA in Ethnic Conflict and an LLM in Human Rights Law at Queen's University, Belfast. Using her deep commitment to social justice issues and her charismatic leadership abilities, she intends to study law and pursue a career in public interest law or public policy. Deeply involved in mock trial debates in college, she shows great promise as a litigator and powerful advocate against injustice, and a remarkable potential for continuing on to significant positions in society. Katherine has a steadfast record of contributions to serving others, working at a Twin Cities shelter for battered women, as a legal intern at a center for women in Minneapolis, and most recently as an intern at the Committee on the Administration of Justice, a human rights NGO in Belfast. She is also a talented violinist.
Born in New Jersey, Avery Willis is an outstanding mix of scholar and artist who graduated in Classics and English from Stanford University, California. Her deep love for the classics, in particular the literature of Ancient Greece, provides inspiration for her playwriting and her filmmaking. (Post award, it was revealed that in 1963 her father (now a Princeton Professor) was the first Afro-American to win a Marshall Scholarship - these are talented genes indeed!) In addition to the classics, Avery finds time to write, produce and direct plays, and to take part in polo matches. She also enjoys theatre and jazz. She is the recipient of many awards and prizes. Avery will use her Marshall to take a degree in Greek Languages and Literature at Oxford University in England. Ultimately she wishes to become a University Professor and to continue her creative work in the theatre, TV and film industries.