Applying for Marshall through Eckerd
The Marshall Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based scholarship for undergraduate or graduate study in Great Britain. Each award allows recipients to study for two (and sometimes three) years in any university in the United Kingdom, in any discipline leading to the award of a British university degree. To be eligible, you must:
- be a citizen of the United States of America (at the time of application)
- be on schedule to earn your first undergraduate degree by the time you take up the scholarship (or have earned it no more than three years before applying)
- have obtained an overall undergraduate GPA of not less than 3.7
- not have studied for, or possess a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.
Students who typically do well in the Marshall competition have built a substantial record of academic excellence and extracurricular achievements. Successful applicants often begin the application process early (usually in the Spring Semester of their Junior year) and frequently produce multiple drafts of essays for review by faculty and peers.
If you are interested in applying for a Marshall Scholarship, your first step should be to thoroughly read the official Marshall website, especially the “Rules for Candidates” and the “Memorandum of Guidance to Candidates”. Then, contact the Graduate Fellowship Advisor, to ask for additional advice and a list of contacts here at Eckerd.
Because of the competitive nature of the Marshall Scholarship, the faculty representative conducts a preliminary campus competition to select a few highly-qualified applicants for national endorsement. To be eligible for the national competition, you must receive the formal endorsement of the faculty representative. This application process is carried out entirely on-line. You must first register on-line at the official Marshall website. Once you have created an account, you can return multiple times to revise your essays, add information, or add recommenders. Your application must be formally submitted by the campus deadline of September 11 so that it can be reviewed by a small committee of Eckerd faculty. If your application is approved by this committee, you will be given reviewer comments and a chance to further revise your essays before the national deadline.