By: Matt Kelly | University Communications
University of Virginia students William Henagan, Abraham Axler and Sarah Koch have received Marshall Scholarships to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom – marking the first time the University has had three students selected to receive the prestigious scholarships in a single year.
Henagan, 22, of Atlanta, earned his undergraduate history degree from UVA and is a first-year graduate student in the McIntire School of Commerce. Axler, 21, of New York City, is a fourth-year politics honors major in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. Koch, 21, of Kansas City, Missouri, is a fourth-year Middle Eastern language and literature major in the Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures Department.
Marshall Scholarships, which finance American students studying in the United Kingdom, cover university fees, cost-of-living expenses, annual book grants, thesis grants, research and daily travel grants, as well as fares to and from the United States. Regional committees, comprised of British consular personnel and former Marshall scholars, select up to 40 scholars each year to study at graduate level at a United Kingdom institution in any field of study.
“Abraham, William and Sarah are great students and people, and each of them has demonstrated the capacity to be a wonderful ambassador to the U.K., which made them perfect for the Marshall Scholarship,” said Andrus G. Ashoo, associate director of UVA’s Center for Undergraduate Excellence. “I hope future students will see in them three students who fit the criteria for an award, persevered through the challenges and applied themselves. I’m proud to know them and I look forward to what they will do with this exceptional opportunity.”