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Miamian wins British Marshall Scholarship


Sarah Stewart, a May 1999 graduate of Miami University, has been awarded the prestigious British Marshall Scholarship. She is the only Ohio student to receive the honor.

Stewart, a native of Peoria, Ill., will use the scholarship to earn a master’s degree in public health in developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Up to 40 Marshall Scholarships, each worth $26,000, are awarded annually. The awards allow recipients to study for up to three years at the undergraduate or graduate level at any university in the United Kingdom. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, boarding, books and travel to and from the United States.

Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Miami and has been accepted to medical school at Harvard University. Harvard permits its students to defer acceptance if awarded a Marshall or Rhodes scholarship.

At Miami, Stewart was named to USA Today’s "All-USA College Academic Team." She performed medical missionary work in Haiti and India, worked at a Medicaid clinic, lobbied for funds for a children’s clinic in Haiti and volunteered at a nursing home and a home for abused women. She was named a Truman Scholar by a national board and received the largest award ever granted to a Miami undergraduate: the Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize.

Stewart is currently using the $18,414 Goldman prize and funds from a Fulbright Scholarship for a research project in Africa. She hopes to develop a culturally sensitive curricula to slow the spread of HIV and AIDS in Namibia, a country in which 26 percent of adults are infected.

Stewart will use the Marshall Scholarship to further develop her career in public health.

"Most universities offer a master’s degree in public health," Stewart said. "However, there are very few universities that focus on public health systems in developing countries, which is an obvious necessity for me. Historically, the program at the University of London is the birthplace of public health and has since become an ‘international crossroads’ for public health as a field of study."

The Marshall Scholarship was established in 1953. Named in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the scholarships are an expression of British gratitude for economic assistance received through the Marshall plan after World War II. The program, funded by the British government, is the largest single scholarship program for Americans studying in Britain and one of the most prestigious as well.

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