LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards announced today that 2020 psychology, sociology, and Lewis Honors College graduate Chimene Ntakarutimana, of Lexington, has been named a 2021 Marshall Scholar. The scholarship will finance two years of graduate study for her at an institution of her choice in the United Kingdom. Ntakarutimana is the sixth UK student to receive the honor from the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission.
Up to 50, Marshall Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at an institution in the United Kingdom. For the first time in the program’s 66-year history, the incoming class will be majority-minority with 52% reflecting minority communities across the United States, including a record number of Black and Latinx scholars. A majority of the class are female scholars and six are first-generation college students.
The Marshall Scholarship covers university fees, cost of living expenses, an annual book grant, thesis grant, research, and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States.
Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament and named in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, Marshall Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. In the U.S., the selection process is managed by regional Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and in Washington D.C. by the British Embassy. Ntakarutimana was one of 26 finalists who interviewed for the Marshall in the 14-state Chicago region.