Evanston Student Wins British Marshall Scholarship
December 2, 2009 — Reynaldo Fuentes of Evanston, a University of Wyoming senior in political science, has been awarded a highly competitive Marshall Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. He will study comparative politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science beginning next fall.
Fuentes was one of 35 students named this week to receive a scholarship through the United Kingdom government-financed program that selects scholars from across the United States to study and serve as ambassadors for relations between the United States and the UK.
Having previously received a 2009 Truman Scholarship, Fuentes is committed to a life of public service. He has extensive experience in partisan political organizing, and he enjoys volunteer work through his position with the AmeriCorps program.
"Rey Fuentes is one of the most articulate and knowledgeable students whom I have known," says Duncan Harris, UW Honors Program director. "His success in the Marshall competition crowns an undergraduate career notable for his devotion to public service and to academics. Wyoming has reason to be proud of him."
Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Britain's ambassador to the United States, says, "This is Britain's flagship educational program for American graduate students. I know that all these young men and women will be excellent ambassadors for the United States -- and I hope they will draw on their British experience as they go on to highly successful careers and lives."
The Marshall Scholarship Program began in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude to the people of the United States for the assistance that the UK received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Since then, more than 1,500 Americans have become Marshall Scholars.
Rey Fuentes received a Marshall Scholarship to study in London next fall.