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Marshall Scholarship awarded to University of Chicago student

University of Chicago senior Elizabeth Evenson has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship for study at the University of Nottingham in England. This is the fourth prestigious British scholarship awarded to a University of Chicago student this week. Evenson also is a 1998 Harry S. Truman Scholar, one of 90 Americans awarded $30,000 to pursue graduate studies in public service.

“Liz is a wonderful student who is most deserving of this honor,” said Katie Nash, University of Chicago Dean of Students in the College. “Her human rights work and her contributions to the South Side of Chicago has provided food, education and care for community members in need.”

Evenson, 22, a Newark, Del., native, will study law at the internationally recognized human rights law research center in Nottingham, England. She eventually plans to advise world governments on international norms and legal standards for human rights. Evenson, already a human rights activist, is currently pursuing a double major in political science and pubic policy. She spent last summer in Bosnia identifying war casualties with Physicians for Human Rights and is a member of the campus chapter of Amnesty International. She is president of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, performing community service work ranging from sexual violence education to tutoring programs. She also is president of the University’s Pro-Life Association.

Richard Taub, Chairman of Public Policy Studies in the College and Social Sciences Professor, said, “Besides being an excellent student, Liz brings to her activities an intense commitment to the welfare of others, a concern for making others lives better and some measure of personal courage to do that.”

The British Marshall Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic scholarships, was founded by Act of Parliament in 1953 and commemorates the humane ideals of the European Recovery Programme (Marshall Plan). The scholarship is funded by the British Government and encourages long-lasting ties between the United States and the United Kingdom. The scholarship provides a tuition and living stipend to 40 Americans for two years of study in any field at any British university.

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