3 Aggies Nominated for Prestigious National Fellowships

Three outstanding students at Texas A&M University have been nominated for the 2019 Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships, which are among the most prestigious and highly-coveted academic scholarships available to students in the United States.

The Marshall Scholarship is awarded to 40 students and is tenable for two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom. Up to 12 applicants are selected for the Mitchell Scholarship, which provides full funding for a year of post-baccalaureate study in Ireland. The well-known Rhodes Scholarship is given to 32 students and is tenable for two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University.  Among the most competitive scholarship competitions in the world, only about 4% of the nationwide pool of over 1,000 university-nominated applicants receive these awards.

LAUNCH: National Fellowships congratulates the three Texas A&M nominees to these prestigious competitions for their hard work and dedication to the process of intensive self-reflection required in these applications.

Harrison Richter ’19, Rhodes and Marshall Nominee

Harrison Richter ’19 | Rhodes and Marshall Nominee

Harrison Richter is a senior history and sociology major from San Antonio, TX. He is applying for both the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, with hopes to read for an MPhil in early modern history at the University of Oxford. His proposed research will focus on the development of English common law—as a product of the Enlightenment—for the purpose of expounding the modern parallels between it and American common law. Richter seeks a masterful comprehension of these historically-intertwined legal systems before going into law school and wants to ultimately utilize this background as a practicing constitutional law scholar in appellate advocacy and as a federal judge.

During his time at Texas A&M University, Richter has served as President of the Pre-Law Society, Student Law School Director for the MSC J. Wayne Stark Northeast Tour (in which he was also a delegate), Associate Justice on the SGA Judicial Court, and as a staff assistant in The Big Event. Richter was named to the Dean’s List for five consecutive semesters, awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Dean’s Excellence Award, and was offered an internship in the United States Supreme Court for the summer of 2018.

Mariah McBride ’18, Marshall Nominee

Mariah McBride ’18  | Marshall Nominee

Mariah McBride is a senior maritime public policy and communication double major from Tomball, Texas with minors in ocean & coastal resources and geology. She will graduate from Texas A&M-Galveston (TAMUG) in December of 2018. McBride won 2016 Most Distinguished Member award of Phi Theta Kappa at the Texas regional conference and received the 2016 Distinguished Member award at the international conference in Washington, D.C. More recently, she was the sole TAMU Galveston student selected for the Public Policy Internship Program in Washington, D.C. where she completed an internship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

McBride also represented TAMUG at the 2018 Student Conference on National Affairs and will be representing the TAMU system in Xi’an, China at the 2018 National Model United Nations.  Additionally, she is first author of a scientific journal article that was recently published by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and has filed her first patent related to sustainable development. As a Texas A&M University endorsee for the Marshall Scholarship, McBride is eager for the opportunity to study environmental change and management at Oxford University, where she plans to develop the skills and expertise required to become a leader in the field of sustainability and environmentally-focused advancement within the private sector.

Luke Oaks ’19, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Nominee

Luke Oaks ’19 | Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Nominee

Luke Oaks is a senior interdisciplinary engineering major with curricular concentrations in biomedical and human factors engineering from Troy, OH.  He is serving as the Texas A&M undergraduate representative for the National Science Foundation’s newly-funded Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) Engineering Research Center (ERC). In this capacity, Oaks is responsible for working with students, faculty, and administrative leaders across the PATHS-UP ERC consortium to develop professional development programming for STEM researchers.

Oaks will be applying his technical background toward a career of engineering improved STEM education systems. While at Texas A&M, he has been recognized as a Brown Scholar, Beckman Scholar, University Scholar, National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholar, and PATHS-UP ERC Fellow. He is also a recipient of the Buck Weirus Spirit Award and Craig C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer Award. Luke plans to begin graduate studies in educational policy after completing his bachelor’s degree in May of 2019. His future plans include study of the nation’s STEM education policies as they relate to competency-based learning and international best practices in preparing STEM students for the workforce via engaging, transformational education and informed pedagogical practices.

Although these awards are highly competitive, Texas A&M do well. In fact, since 2000, 19 Aggies have been selected as finalists for the Rhodes, Mitchell, or Marshall Scholarships, and four Aggies have been selected as Marshall Scholars and one as a Rhodes Scholar! Students interested in applying to nationally-competitive awards such as the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships are encouraged to review opportunities at http://tx.ag/NatlFellows and contact National Fellowships Program Assistant Benjamin Simington at natlfellows@tamu.edu.

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