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Process for Receiving Academic Enrichment Project Grants

The Marshall Fellows program is designed to recognize demonstrated academic excellence, to create a cohort of intellectually engaged students, and to provide support to Fellows for academic enrichment. Marshall Fellows have the opportunity to apply for either an Academic Enrichment grant or a CPS grant that will provide funds up to $4000. Marshall Fellows who seek an Academic Enrichment grant will receive funding for participation in an activity or program that will advance the Fellow’s learning, including independent research.

Marshall Fellow Academic Enrichment application due dates are the first Friday of September, October, November, February, and March. Fellows should take the following steps:

1)  Applicants meet with the Don of their House to talk about a project they wish to pursue and to receive suggestions for selecting a faculty member or administrator as Project Advisor to help in planning and carrying out the project. Usually, this is a person on campus with substantial knowledge of the specific area of interest. Once the Fellow has received confirmation that the person they've asked to be their Project Advisor is willing to do so, the Fellow should be sure to give the their adviser plenty of time to talk through the Fellow's ideas, comment on the draft of the application, and prepare a statement of recommendation.

2)  The Fellow will submit an application at the link at the bottom of this page. The application will include a proposal that outlines the project, including what the Fellow anticipates as the educational outcome of the project (see paragraph 1 above for objectives of the Marshall program as a whole). The Fellow will also request a letter of endorsement from the Project Adviser explaining why the project is worth doing and why the Fellow has the background to carry it out. That letter should be sent to Kathy Hertzler (, who provides administrative support for the Marshall Fellow Committee.

3)  Once the Marshall Fellow has applied (using the link below), the application will be sent automatically to the Academic Enrichment committee for evaluation. The committee is comprised of three Dons, a representative of the Provost’s Office, a faculty member (normally a former member of the Committee on Grants), and a Marshall Fellow who has completed a funded project.  The committee will evaluate the proposal based on clarity of the proposal, the applicant’s demonstrated knowledge or understanding of the project, the potential contribution to the academic enrichment of the Fellow, and the consonance of this project with the Marshall program goals.  The grant is not for the normal expenses of college education, but rather for enhancing the Fellow’s education by financing a special project that goes beyond regular college expenses.

4)  Management of the budget for Marshall Fellows, including submission of expenses, is handled by a representative of the Provost’s office. This is currently Kathy Hertzler, Administrative Assistant for College Grants. She can be reached at (717) 358-3982.

Marshall Fellow Academic Enrichment (AE) and Community & Public Service (CPS) Projects, by class:

Class of 2016
  • Kelsey Leigh Reber: Leatherback Sea Turtle Research & Conservation with Ocean Spirit (AE)
Class of 2015
  • Katherine Boas: Establishing Eye Care Programs in a Public Health and International Setting (AE)
  • Leah Brenner: Social Conditions of Women & Children: Volunteering in Rabat, Morocco (CPS)
  • Ryan Brenner: Research in Science & Engineering Internship in Germany (AE)
  • Xinyu Deng: Early Development of Ainu Culture (AE)
  • Josh Finkel: In Search of a More Affordable Mosquito Trap (AE)
  • Adrian Glass: Social Entrepreneurship Corps; Guatemala (CPS)
  • Warren Glynn: Filmmaking for Clients and Community (AE)
  • Stephanie Karwacki: Empowering Guatemala: Strengthening the Community Through Individual Entrepreneurship (CPS)
  • Jaclyn Khan: Korean Integration Through Lingual, Academic & Professional Experiences (AE)
  • Yibin Liu: The Predicament of China's Community Bank and Solutions (AE)
  • Michael Malloy: IFRS: Possibly the World's First Global Accounting System? (AE)
  • Joel Naiman: Religion Meets Architecture and Ceramics: The Stratigraphic & Ceramic Contexts of PC6 (AE)
  • Greg Olenginski: PCE-Sensing by the Two Component Signaling Proteins in Dehalococcoides mccartyi (AE)
  • Nicole Rynecki: Many Volunteers, One Mission: Bringing Medicine to Ghana (AE)
  • Brenna Snyder: Child Care in Community: Morocco (CPS)
  • Ryan Sukley: Socioeconomic Development in La Paz, Bolivia (AE)
  • Amer Suljendic: Fullbridge Finance Intensive Program (AE)
Class of 2014
  • Melissa Band: Investigation of neuropathology observed in Amish patients with Usher Syndrome IIIb (AE)
  • Caitlin Brust: Benjamin Franklin's Identity as Revealed through Literary and Cultural Analysis (AE)
  • Jennifer Dickey: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
  • Matthew Klimuszka: Attending the 2014 Building Climate Solutions Workshop (AE)
  • Erika Jozwiak: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
  • Emma Lisle: Animal Care Enhancement in the Philadelphia Zoo (AE)
  • Matthew Momjian: Independent Conducting Project - Beethoven's 3rd and Yardumian's Armenian Suite (AE)
  • Nancy Presnick: Medical Volunteering in Cochabamba, Bolivia (CPS)
  • Margaret Provencher: CODAS Syndrome Research (AE)
  • Dani Roth: Health and Hygiene Education of Khayelitsha Township Youth (CPS)
  • Kelby Sappington: Analyzing, rehearsing, and conducting Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique (AE)
  • Carey Sentman: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
  • Lauren Silverman: The Pursuit of Happiness: Comparison of Happiness in America and Denmark (AE)
  • Chloe Singer: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
  • Nicole Venezia: It's A Grand Old (Tea) Party: An Examination of the Relationship between the Tea Party and the Republican Party Establishment (AE)
  • Nicole Zee: Crafting a Presence: Understanding Dance Performance (AE)
Class of 2013
  • Evan Anway: Stratigraphic and Chemical Analysis of Concretions along Little Conestoga Creek (AE)
  • Patrick Cunningham: Altering properties of copper sulfide (AE)
  • Jennifer Gay: Unexpected Side Effects: Caring for HIV/AIDS Orphans in Limuru, Kenya (CPS)
  • Kevin Hines: Expanding the Vibrational Reporter Toolbox for the Study of Protein Structure with Site-Specificity (AE)
  • Austin Huffman: Changes in Tachycineta Glucocorticosteroids in Response to Environmental Stress (AE)
  • Teresa Kline: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
  • Anne Kolesnikoff: Teaching Social Studies and Serving Communities in Ghana (CPS)
  • Alexis Teevens: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
  • Katelyn Waligoske: Ghana: Learning, Service & Research In Action (CPS)
  • Joshua Wesalo: Synthesis of Ganglioside GM3 for GM3 Synthase Deficiency Treatment (AE)
  • Michael Zoeller: Environmental & Geological Dangers in the Developing World (CPS)


For additional information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Click here for the Marshall Fellow Academic Enrichment Application