Dirks, Marshall scholar
student awarded Marshall scholarship
Katherine Dirks, a fourth-year government
honors student at the University, is one of 40 undergraduates
from around the United States chosen to receive a prestigious
British Marshall Scholarship. The scholarships, announced by the
British government last month, enable the students to undertake
graduate study at a British university for a period of two years.
the eighth U.Va. student to be awarded this honor since the scholarships
were established in 1953, plans to pursue a master of philosophy
degree in international relations at Oxford University. The Marshall
Scholarships, among the highest undergraduate honors in the U.S.,
cover tuition costs, books, travel and living expenses.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Dirks has been both a Jefferson
Scholar and Echols Scholar at U.Va. She has been deeply interested
in immigration and citizenship policy in her academic career and
plans to continue to study and eventually work in that area.
"Oxford will be an ideal place for me to study," she
said. "I'll be able to look closely at European immigration
a GPA of about 3.9, she has been vice president of U.Va.'s International
Relations Organization and president of the Raven Society, U.Va.'s
oldest honorary organization. Among numerous other extracurricular
activities, she has been closely involved with University Mediation
Services, the Women's Center's Young Women Leaders mentoring program
and Madison House volunteers.
a great leader, very outgoing, with a wonderful sense of what's
important," said Nicole Hurd, assistant director of U.Va.'s Fellowships
Office. "She pursued a very rigorous academic curriculum but also
reached out widely in service work. She's a person of amazing