Two African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

In 1953 the Marshall Scholarships program was established by an act of the British Parliament. Funded by the British government, the program is a national gesture of thanks to the American people for aid received under the Marshall Plan, the U.S.-financed program that led to the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. The scholarships provide funds for two years of study at a British university, travel, living expenses, and a book allowance.

This academic year the Marshall Foundation selected 35 winners. It appears from JBHE’s research that two of the Marshall scholars are African Americans.

Gabriel Felix Kofi Amo is a senior at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, majoring in political science with minors in economics and Africana studies. He will study politics and public policy at Oxford University next fall.

Joshua Bennett, from Yonkers, New York, is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. He is majoring in English and Africana studies at Penn. Bennett will enroll at the University of Warwick this coming fall where he will pursue a master’s degree in theatre and performance studies.