Rebecca Kuang has been named a 2018 Marshall Scholar. Forty-three U.S. students were awarded scholarship, the largest class of scholars since 2007, according to the British Embassy.
Created in 1953, the scholarship began as a gesture of gratitude to the U.S. for the assistance the U.K. received after World War II under the Marshall Plan, the program that aided in Europe’s economic recovery between 1948 and 1951. Alumni include Supreme Court Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch, and the late 2008 Nobel Prize recipient Roger Tsien, a biochemist.
CLICK HERE to see the full list of winners. With between 30 and 40 scholars selected annually, and with the number of university-endorsed applicants approaching 1000, in recent years it has been the most selective graduate scholarship for Americans, with an acceptance rate around 4%, and as low as 3.2% in 2015.
Rebecca is an International History student at Georgetown, and will pursue a master's degree of Philosophy in Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge. She will have her first novel, The Poppy War, released in Spring 2018 by HarperCollins.