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. Each year about 40 Marshall scholarships are awarded to American students who are planning to earn either a second bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree at a British university.

This academic year the Marshall Foundation selected 43 winners. Two of the 43 Marshall scholars are African Americans.

• Anthony Hendricks of Lawton, Oklahoma, is a senior majoring in speech communications at Howard University. Next fall he will study economics and political science at the London School of Economics.

Hendricks was born in Louisiana but raised in Oklahoma. His mother is a preschool teacher and his father is a retired Army officer. He hopes to one day run for elective office.

• Shanti A. Zaid is a graduate of Michigan State University. At Michigan State, Zaid joined the African Atlantic Research Team and made five trips to Cuba to study cultural and spiritual practices.

Zaid will continue his education pursuing a master’s degree in social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He plans to earn a doctorate and points toward a career in the academic world.