MACON – Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, British Consul General in Atlanta, will visit Mercer University on April 12 to provide students with information about the Marshall Scholarship.
“I am pleased to visit Mercer University to discuss educational opportunities for young Americans in the U.K., including the prestigious Marshall Scholarship,” Pilmore-Bedford said. “Our hope is that the Marshall Scholarship will inspire the next generation of American leaders to continue the special relationship between the U.K. and the U.S. and to carry their experiences in the U.K. with them throughout their careers.”
The information session, which is open to all Mercer students, will take place at 11 a.m. in the Presidents Dining Room inside the University Center.
“Mercer is pleased to host Consul Pilmore-Bedford to share this exceptional opportunity with our students,” said Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English and director of fellowships and scholarships. “The Marshall Scholarship is one of the most prestigious academic awards available, and we hope to encourage Mercer students to pursue this and other fellowships and scholarships.”
The Marshall Scholarship supports young Americans of high ability to pursue a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year to attend any British institution in any field of study.
Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament and named in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.
Marshall Scholarships are primarily funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and are overseen by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which is appointed by the British government and consists of 10 commissioners. In the U.S., the selection process is managed by the regional consulates general in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and in Washington, D.C., by the British Embassy.
The British Consulate General in Atlanta represents the United Kingdom's government in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Its services include dealing with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the U.K. and this region of the United States. It also provides consular assistance to British nationals in the region.
For more information on the Marshall Scholarship, visit www.marshallscholarship.org.