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KU senior is a finalist for Mitchell, Marshall scholarships

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas student Kathryn Ammon is a finalist for the Mitchell and Marshall scholarships, and she will participate in interviews for the awards this week.

The Marshall Scholarship provides funds for study at any university in the United Kingdom, and the Mitchell Scholarship provides funds for one year of study in Ireland.

A regional panel reviews applications for the Marshall scholarship program, and finalists are invited to participate in interviews. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year. The scholarship’s goals include enabling intellectually distinguished young Americans to study in Britain and encouraging them to act as ambassadors between the two nations throughout their lives.

The Mitchell Scholarship has a first-round video interview before finalist interviews in November. Scholarship winners pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The program seeks to provide tomorrow's leaders with an understanding about, an interest in and an affinity for Ireland.

The Office of Fellowships, a unit of Undergraduate Studies, coordinates KU's endorsement process and supports candidates through the application process. Students interested in applying for these awards in future years are encouraged to contact the office by email at fellowships@ku.edu

KU students have won nine Marshall Scholarship awards in the past.

Kathryn Ammon, from Fort Worth, Texas, is the daughter of Ann and Brian Ammon of Fort Worth and Karen Luellen of Allen, Texas. A graduate of Timber Creek High School, Ammon is a triple major in history, political science and women, gender & sexuality studies. She is a member of the University Honors Program and was selected as a sophomore for the competitive University Scholars Program and as a Hall Center for the Humanities Scholar. As a junior, she completed a history thesis in American labor history and received the W. Stitt Robinson Award for American History in May 2018. Also as a junior, she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Ammon has served as president of Students United for Reproductive and Gender Equity and as a student facilitator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs' Colors of KU Social Justice retreat. She has held positions in several student support offices on campus, including for KU Student Housing and KU Counseling & Psychological Services. In the summer of 2017, Ammon was a public policy intern for Planned Parenthood Great Plains. Ammon's service experience includes volunteering for the Willow Domestic Violence Center, KU Alternative Breaks and Tewa Women United in New Mexico.