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Marine and Environmental Science Major
Named Marshall Scholar

Kendyl Crawley-Crawford

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Kendyl Crawley-Crawford

HU senior Kendyl Crawley-Crawford has been chosen as a 2012 Marshall Scholar

"It is such an honor to have won the scholarship; I am really excited," stated Crawley-Crawford, a marine and environmental science major. "The Marshall Scholarship gives me an opportunity to indulge in furthering my education and expose myself to various cultures."

The Marshall Scholarship, one of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarships available to Americans, finances American students to study at any institution in the United Kingdom. Marshall scholars are future leaders that are expected to strengthen the relationship between the British and American people. A total of 36 2012 Marshall Scholars were chosen.

Crawley-Crawford, who received the one-year scholarship, plans to enroll in the environment, science and society Master of Science degree program at the University College of London, in London.

Crawley-Crawford has a 3.9 GPA and is involved in many research activities related to marine fisheries and environmental conservation. Crawley-Crawford has also worked to organize youth around environmental concerns. Currently, along with the HU Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences she is planning the Retro Green 2012 Youth Environmental Conference in April 2012.

"Kendyl is a purposely diligent student, whose selection as a Marshall Scholar is simultaneously a surge of excitement and an overwhelming accomplishment for her," stated Dr. Freddye Davy, Endowed University Professor and Director of the Honors College at Hampton. "She has the courage and the fortitude to take intellectual risks. She's clear about her goals and is doggedly determined to achieve them. As an active member of Honors College, Kendyl has continuously garnered experiences that enhance her chances for success, and she has unselfishly shared her experiences with other students and the community."

Crawley-Crawford, a Hampton, Va. native and Hampton High School graduate, hopes to return to the U.S. to receive a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and policy with the long-term goal of working to find better solutions that will allow Earth's resources and risks to be better shared by all people regardless of income, nationality or race.

In 1953, an Act of Parliament established the Marshall Scholarship program. Named in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the scholarships are an expression of Britain's gratitude for economic assistance received through the Marshall Plan after World War II.

-Naima A. Gethers