Agnes Scott Senior Awarded Marshall Scholarship

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Agnes Scott College student Emaline Laney '16 has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most competitive and prestigious academic scholarships in the world available to U.S. college students. Up to 40 are awarded annually out of a pool of approximately 1,000 applicants. Recipients are provided with fully funded graduate study for two years at any university in the United Kingdom.

Laney is Agnes Scott’s second Marshall Scholar in six years, after Meg Beyer '10. In the last decade, only six liberal arts colleges had more than one Marshall Scholar. 

A public health and chemistry double major, Laney plans to pursue a master’s in epidemiology and a master’s control of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her studies will lay the foundation for a career as a physician-researcher in global public health and medicine. 

“We’re all thrilled with Emaline Laney’s selection as a Marshall Scholar. She truly exemplifies Agnes Scott’s commitment to global learning and leadership development, and she has the intellectual curiosity, moral vision and leadership ability to make a difference in improving healthcare for the world’s poor and underserved,” said Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss. “It’s a special joy to see someone as humble and authentic as Emaline earn this extraordinary honor. We’re proud she will represent the United States and Agnes Scott at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and beyond.”

“The Marshall Scholarship is the British Government’s most prestigious award for young Americans. It was established by Act of Parliament 60 years ago as a mark of thanks to the American people for Marshall Aid to Great Britain after World War Two,” said British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford. “Emaline Laney was chosen by the Southeastern Committee of the Marshall Scholarship Commission this week along with three other candidates to be awarded a scholarship.  Emaline impressed the committee with her excellent knowledge of her chosen subjects of study, outshining a number of other very strong candidates in similar fields. This, coupled with her broad record of leadership achievement and her thoughtfulness on building the trans-Atlantic relationship, make us excited to have her as a Marshall Scholar for 2015. We know that she will be a credit to Agnes Scott College.”

A Pennsylvania native, Laney’s interest in global public health grew from a visit to a prison in Cameroon where she observed inmates digging their own latrines in a communal courtyard because their toilets had overflowed and a cholera outbreak had reached their area. She was struck by the realization that even within the poorest communities of the world, there were health inequalities.

Laney deepened her knowledge of global health science and policy through internships and field experiences, conducting research on cholera and polio vaccines at Harvard Medical School and the Task Force for Global Health and volunteering at medical clinics in Burkina Faso, Gabon, and Nepal. She also co-founded a UNICEF chapter and served as president of her class.  She has won Bevier and Hubert awards for public health and public service and an American Chemical Society award for excellence in organic chemistry. 

“I’m excited to receive this wonderful opportunity to continue on my path in global health. I’m very grateful to be at Agnes Scott, where I have been supported and guided by so many remarkable individuals throughout my undergraduate experience,” said Laney. “Agnes Scott has given me wide variety of opportunities—from interning at Partners In Health to studying public health abroad at Duke Kunshan University in China—opportunities I believe that have given me the knowledge base and motivation to succeed in my next steps.”

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.