Mercer senior selected as finalist for Marshall Scholarship

McPherson Newell

Mercer University senior McPherson Newell was selected as a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, which finances young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom.

Only as many as 50 Marshall Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a U.K. institution in any field of study.

Newell, a biomedical engineering major from Augusta, has also been named a Goldwater Scholar, Newman Civic Fellow, Stamps Scholar and a finalist for the Truman Scholarship.

Newell plans to pursue a master’s degree in disability studies, a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and a professorship in rehabilitation engineering at a research university in order to advocate for accessibility in academia, conduct research on low-cost assistive technology and create research opportunities for LGBTQ+ and disabled students.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized as a Marshall Scholarship finalist, and I am excited by the support for interdisciplinary work in the fields of engineering and disability studies that has been displayed by both the Marshall Commission and by Mercer University faculty,” Newell said.

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Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.