Agnes Scott College Announces 2021 Marshall Scholarship Program Recipient

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Decatur, GA, December, 2020—The Marshall Scholarship Program has announced the selection of Agnes Scott College’s Leah Trotman ’21 as a 2021 Marshall Scholar. The United Kingdom Government announced forty-six winners of Marshall Scholarships and the first majority-minority class in the scholarship’s history, including eight from the Atlanta region. The Marshall Scholarship program is among the most competitive scholarship programs in the world. As a recipient, Leah will receive full funding to study in the United Kingdom at institutions of her choice.


Leah, an international relations major and public health minor, plans to earn two degrees during her time in the United Kingdom. In her first year, she will complete a Master of Science degree in Health and International Development at the London School of Economics. In her second year, she will move to the University College London to complete a Master of Arts degree in Caribbean and Latin American Studies. Leah will focus on the historical, political, and cultural conditions that affect health decisions in the Caribbean and Latin America; seeking specifically to understand how to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on health in these regions.


According to the Virgin Islands Consortium, Leah is the first U.S. Virgin Islands student to be awarded a Marshall Scholarship in the history of the program. In April 2020, Leah was also selected as Agnes Scott’s first Truman Scholarship recipient since 2009 and the fifth since the program’s inception in 1975.


About the Marshall Scholarship Program
The Marshall Scholarship Program was named for Secretary of State George C. Marshall. The program began in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude towards the people of the United States for the assistance that the United Kingdom received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Since then, it has remained uniquely positioned among national scholarships for its prestige and scope: offering talented young Americans the chance to study any academic subject at universities in the United Kingdom for up to three years. This has given rise to an unprecedented breadth of expertise in almost every academic field, producing numerous university presidents, six Pulitzer Prize winners, one Nobel Laureate, fourteen MacArthur Fellows, two-academy-Award nominees, two Supreme Court Justices, and a NASA Astronaut.

The program is principally funded by the British Government but also benefits from generous support through partnership arrangements with world-leading British academic institutions, allowing winners to pursue graduate degrees in almost any academic subject at any university in the United Kingdom. The 2021 class will take up their studies at fourteen different institutions across the United Kingdom beginning in September next year, ranging from the London School of Economics & Political Science to Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

About Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott College educates students to think deeply, live honorably, and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Ranked the No. 1 Most Innovative School, No. 6 Social Mobility and No. 2 Best Undergraduate Teaching among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report in its 2020 Best Colleges edition, Agnes Scott is a premier institution known for SUMMIT, its signature approach to a liberal arts education, focusing on global learning and leadership development. Learn more at agnes