US University: Ohio State University System - Columbus
Alexander Chaitoff will graduate from The Ohio State University with degrees in microbiology and political science in May of 2013. A 2012 Truman Scholar, Alex is interested in understanding how social and cultural factors impact the delivery of health solutions to different groups. In addition to working towards this goal by leading various student groups, he co-founded the Pure Water Access Project, Inc. and conducts research at the Ohio State College of Public Health. Alex will be pursuing a Master of Public Health at the University of Sheffield before returning to the United States to attend medical school.
US University: University of Oklahoma
Jerod Coker, of McKinney, TX, graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Economics. He is a founding member of the Oklahoma Funding Accelerator, a non-profit organization focused on helping "unbankable" small businesses obtain funding. Over spring break he rebuilds houses that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Jerod is also a national ethics debater and plays guitar in rock bands. He will study for an MSc in Development Studies and an MSc in Economics and Philosophy at London School of Economics before returning to study for a JD at Harvard Law School.
US University: Colorado State University
Chris was raised in Arvada, Colorado and is currently a Boettcher Scholar at Colorado State University. He will graduate with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and a B.A. in Anthropology in May 2013. At CSU he is involved with research examining HIV replication and serves as the founder and President of Hygiene for Humanity. He has been involved with several public health projects in Tanzania and established a successful community-based health education program. Following completion of the Marshall Scholarship Chris will begin medical school and plans to be involved in research and global health as a physician.
US University: United States Naval Academy
Katie Davidson is from Orlando, Florida and will graduate as a Surface Warfare Officer. An English major, she researched comic books' influence on WWII. A fervent women's rights activist, Katie designed a sociology project outside the Naval Academy curriculum that studies the portrayal of women leaders in the media. Katie is the first female editor of The Log, a student-run humor magazine dating back to 1913. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Defense University for her work on counterterrorism. Katie competes on the varsity swim team and hopes to swim the English Channel.
US University: George Washington University
Stephanie Figgins graduated from the George Washington University in 2011 with a BA in International Affairs and Economics. She spent her junior year in Cairo, Egypt as an Boren Scholar. After graduating, she studied Arabic in Morocco as a Critical Language Scholar. Then she moved back to Cairo to begin working as a journalist, covering Egyptian politics for Voice of America. She also did reporting from Libya. As a Marshall Scholar, Stephanie will pursue an MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at The School of Oriental and African Studies.
US University: University of Southern California
Alexander Fullman will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Political Science. Alex is the Editor-in-Chief of the USC Journal of Law and Society, advocates for human rights as a University Fellow with Jewish World Watch, and was a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Alex's research focuses on campaign finance and the Supreme Court. He plans to study Comparative Government at Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations. Alex has traveled to all seven continents and will attend law school after studying at Oxford.
US University: United States Air Force Academy
Ian Gibson will graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Spanish. A Truman Scholar, Ian has an interest in microfinance and founded a non-profit corporation which raises financial capital for micro-loans. Recently, Ian studied Political Economy at the University of Hong Kong and attended the Aspen Institute as a Scholar Fellow. In his first year, he plans to pursue an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Ian aspires to serve as a Political Military Affairs Strategist working in economic development and humanitarian aid in Latin America.