Student Wins First Marshall Scholarship in USF's History

USF Electrical Engineering senior & Marshall Scholarship winner Jean Weatherwax (photo courtesy Aimee Blodgett, USF News)
TAMPA (2011-11-22) -

For the first time ever, a University of South Florida student has won a prestigious scholarship to study in London.

Honors College senior Jean Weatherwax adds the postgraduate Marshall Scholarship to a lengthy list of awards she’s received. The Electrical Engineering major says honors like the Marshall and the Goldwater Scholarship she won earlier this year push her to try even harder.

“You feel like you’ve been recognized enough that you might be able to do something that could change people’s lives or the way technology or the world works someday," said Weatherwax.

"It was very inspiring, I think, but I’m also still a little disbelieving that it actually happened!”

Weatherwax is studying biocompatible electronic devices, including implantable glucose sensors. She's also a NASA MUST (Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology) Scholar and interned last summer at NASA's Ames Research Center in California.

Weatherwax, who also volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, minors in music and hopes to play trumpet in the Ad Hoc Humanitarian Community Orchestra in London.

Less than forty American students receive Marshall Scholarships, which provides funding for up to three years of study at Imperial College-London. That school has one of teh top 10 electrical engineering programs in the world.

The Marshall Scholarship is named for U.S. General George Marshall, who led the effort to rebuild Europe after World War II.

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