Lauren Baer and Sarah Moss, both Harvard College seniors, have won Marshall Scholarships. The prestigious scholarships allow young American leaders to study at a university in Britain. On Dec. 5, the British ambassador to the United States, Sir Christopher Meyer, announced the names of the 40 American students who will become the new Marshall class.
Lauren Baer of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is a social studies concentrator with a focus on international development. She has spent an extended period of time in India and Guatemala. Baer is the associate editorial chair of The Harvard Crimson and writes a biweekly column, “Writes and Wrongs.” She will use her scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy in development studies at Oxford.
Sarah Moss of Normal, Ill., has studied mathematics at Harvard. At Oxford, she plans to study philosophy. Her thesis subject is topological social choice, but she has also focused on the study of Kant’s ethical theory and modern American poetry. Moss plays violin with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. The Marshall Scholarships were established in 1953 as a British gesture of thanks to the people of the United States for the assistance received after World War II under the Marshall Plan.
Financed by the British government, the highly competitive scholarships provide an opportunity for American students who have demonstrated academic excellence to continue their studies for two to three years at the British University of their choice. The scholarships are worth about $50,000 each.