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 WHO: Caroline Cracraft, Vice Consul Press and Public Affairs British Consulate-General, Chicago
 WHAT: News availability to discuss the British Marshall Scholarships program
 WHEN: Monday, April 6, 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.
 WHERE: Danner Conference Room, 201 Gilmore Hall

Caroline Cracraft, Vice Consul Press and Public Affairs of the British Consulate-General in Chicago, will be visiting the University of Iowa on Monday, April 6. She is available to meet with reporters and photographers from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. in the Danner Conference Room of 201 Gilmore Hall (Office of the Vice President for Research).

Cracraft is interesting in talking about the British Marshall Scholarships program. The Scholarships were instituted by the British Parliament in 1953 as a practical and enduring gesture of thanks on behalf of the British people for assistance received from the United States in the aftermath of the Second World War. The program is named after General George C. Marshall, President Truman's 'Architect of Peace,' whose personal support made the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan) possible and whose name has been associated with it ever since.

The program has grown over the years from 12 awards in 1953 to up to 40 new awards a year today. Since its inception more than 1,000 Marshall Scholarships have been awarded to students at more than 250 U.S. universities and colleges.

Up to 40 Marshall Scholarships will be awarded for tenure from Oct. 1, 1999. They may be held at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British university degree. A Marshall Scholarship may, exceptionally, be extended for a third year.

The scholarships include payment of all tuition and other fees; personal allowance to cover residence and cost of living expenses; fare to and from the United Kingdom; an annual grant for approved travel in connection with studies; payment (in certain circumstances) of necessary daily travel expenses; an annual book grant; a thesis allowance, if required; a married person's allowance, depending on circumstances.

Former Marshall Scholars are active in many walks of life: as leaders in government (Bruce Babbitt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior; Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice; John Spratt Jr., U.S. Representative), presidents of universities (Nannerl Keohane, Duke University; John Jay Iselin, the Cooper Union; Robert Oden Jr, Kenyon College), journalists and editors (Tom Friedman and Charles McGrath, The New York Times; Bill Buford, The New Yorker); best-selling authors (Daniel Yergin, The Prize; Peter Kramer, Listening to Prozac); and scientists and inventors (Ray Dolby).