Peter Marshall, a sophomore majoring in physics at the University of North Georgia (UNG), has been selected to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, one of only 85 in the nation to be awarded this year.
The scholarship provides as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years for Marshall to complete his bachelor's degree. Marshall was selected from more than 3,700 applicants representing more than 730 colleges. Scholars were selected based on high academic ability and achievements, persistence, leadership, and financial need.
"Pete is truly unique because of his overwhelming passion for inquiry and his commitment to the university community," said Dr. Anastasia Turner, assistant dean of student research and scholarship. "He sets himself apart from the majority of other students by being equally at home in the sciences as in the humanities. Although he is a physics major, Pete has presented on literature at state-wide conferences. He also constantly encourages others in the academic community to engage in research, and volunteers his time to help others succeed through the writing center, Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program."
A non-traditional student, Marshall began his college career as an associate degree student and plans to eventually pursue a doctorate in physics.
"I recently learned that as much as I want to remain at UNG, I may need to transfer in order to receive the full benefits of the award," Marshall said. "I'm hoping to transfer to Texas A&M University to be near my daughter if I am not accepted into my first choice, which is the California Institute of Technology."
UNG President Bonita Jacobs expanded initiatives this year to assist students in pursuing nationally competitive scholarships and said the award is a strong indicator of the talent and success of UNG students.
"Earning a scholarship of this magnitude is a tremendous honor and a tribute to Pete's determination to maximize his educational opportunities," Jacobs said. "It is also a testament to the high quality educational experience provided across the University of North Georgia."
Marshall said that tutoring in the writing center while also working in mathematics is very similar to what he would like to do in the future.
"My experiences with the honors program, Phi Theta Kappa, and the writing center have much to do with me receiving this scholarship, but they are only second to the environment where many caring people have promoted my growth," Marshall said. "It's an amazing experience to see that others care almost more than I do about my education, my future, and me."
Since the program started in 2002, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has supported 643 community college students directly, and thousands more through the foundation's grant-making initiatives.
"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has long been committed to helping outstanding community college students transfer to and succeed at the nation's top colleges and universities," said Emily Froimson, vice president of programs at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.