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Cara H. Drinan '96 Named Marshall Scholar

Story posted February 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Cara H. Drinan '96 of Edgartown, Mass., has been named a Marshall Scholar for 1997. Drinan was informed of the honor by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in December. She is one of only 40 Marshall Scholars selected from 26 different colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Drinan, an economics major, graduated summa cum laude after being named to the Dean's List all eight of her semesters at Bowdoin. In 1995, she was named a Truman Scholar, had been a James Bowdoin Scholar for her sophomore, junior, and senior years, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa during her senior year.

The Marshall Scholarship will allow Drinan to study economics in Britain at an institution of her choosing. The scholarship program was established in 1953 by an act of the British Parliament to "commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan)." Paul Brountas, trustee emeritus and a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1954, was among the first class of recipients of the Scholarship. The scholarships, funded by the British Government and administered in the United Kingdom by the Marshall Aid Commission, provide tuition, a monthly stipend, and money for books for two academic years at a British University.

The objectives of the program are to express British gratitude to America for the Marshall Plan, and to bring future American leaders, decision makers and opinion makers to study in Britain "to establish long-lasting bridges and ties between the peoples of the United States and the United Kingdom, at a personal level."

This June marks the 50th anniversary of George Marshall's speech announcing the Marshall Plan.

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