Auburn senior named finalist for United Kingdom’s Marshall Scholarship

Patrick Donnan
AUBURN – Auburn University senior Patrick Donnan has been named a finalist for the highly selective Marshall Scholarship for an opportunity to study in the United Kingdom next year.

He will interview at the British Consulate in Atlanta Nov. 12 to possibly be chosen as one of only 40 U.S. students named a Marshall Scholar and to attend their choice of any U.K. university. Approximately 900 students are endorsed annually for the scholarship by their respective universities, with 160 being named finalists.

“Patrick is a wonderful candidate for the Marshall Scholarship because of his leadership in the classroom, the laboratory, and to advancing science in the community,” said Melissa Bauman, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “We are excited for Patrick and wish him the best in his final interviews next month.”

Donnan, a native of Auburn, Ala., is a student in the Honors College double-majoring in physics and music, concentrating on the bassoon, and minoring in mathematics. He is also an editor of the Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Studies and a 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. He conducts research in the College of Sciences and Mathematics’ Department of Physics as a member of the theoretical and computational atomic physics group.

Paul Harris, associate director for national prestigious scholarships in the Honors College, said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Patrick throughout the application process. As a double major in physics and music, he is not only bright and intellectually engaging, but he also gives generously of his time and talents whether promoting research among his fellow physics majors or sharing his love for music as a member of the Auburn symphonic band.”

The Marshall Scholarship program was established in 1953 by an act of British Parliament in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall as an expression of Britain’s gratitude for economic assistance received through the Marshall Plan after World War II. The program is overseen by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission.

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