Marshall, Rhodes scholarships announced
West Point Public Affairs Office
Press ReleaseWEST POINT, N.Y. (Dec. 5, 2013) — Class of 2014 Cadets Alex Brammer of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Ahmad Nasir of Anchorage, Alaska, are among the Marshall Scholarship awardees named Nov. 25.
Brammer, an economics major, will study Economics for Development at the Univeristy of Oxford. He served as a Ranger and infantryman in the Army for four years, deploying to Iraq three times.
He’s also a manager/student coach for the Men’s Lacrosse team and has earned the superintendent’s award for excellence for three years. He is a future Army Aviator and hopes to fly for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
Nasir, an American Politics and Arabic double major, has worked as a congressional intern, studied abroad in Morocco and participated in a cultural exchange with the Sultanate of Oman.
He is interested in studying military-to-military relations, and the Middle East and South Asia.
Nasir aspires to be a South Asian Foreign Area Officer in the U.S. Army and hopes to use his education and military experience to help bridge the divide between U.S. and foreign military officers to forge stronger bilateral relationships.
“Winning the Marshall scholarship offers me the unique opportunity to continue developing as a leader and will undoubtedly help me cultivate the skills necessary to be a Soldier-diplomat in the U.S. Army by interacting with some of the brightest young people from the U.S. and around the world,” Nasir said. “This scholarship will continue to reinforce my commitment to public service through the military and other pursuits as well.”
The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, books, travel and living expenses while in England.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Marshall scholarship, which is given by the British Parliament as a national gesture to the people of the United States for aid received after World War II under the Marshall Plan.
Class of 2014 Cadets Calla Glavin of Birmingham, Mich., and Erin Mauldin of Albuquerque, N.M., have been selected among the 32 U.S. Rhodes scholarship awardees for 2013.
Glavin, who majors in mathematical sciences, is the cadet brigade headquarters company commander, editor-in-chief of the West Point cadet newspaper, Pass in Review, and is the goalkeeper on the Women’s Lacrosse team.
The president of the Society of Women Engineers and a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Glavin developed a mathematical model for a novel method of nanofiber formation for use in wound healing as a student researcher at the disease biophysics group at Harvard University.
She intends to earn a Master of Science in applied statistics at the University of Oxford.
“This scholarship gives me the opportunity to go more in-depth with mathematics and how to leverage statistics in the field of military intelligence,” Glavin, a future Military Intelligence officer, said.
She hopes to use her experiences to help the city of Detroit after the military to decrease crime and make it a better place to invest, help improve social issues, poverty and economic development.
Mauldin, an international history major and Truman scholar, is a regimental commander, ranks first academically in her class, and is second in academics, military leadership and athletics combined.
She has competed on the Sandhurst team, is co-captain of the academy Crossfit Club and is the only non-French woman ever to graduate from the French Commando School.
She also volunteers to provide support to local students near West Point. As a result of her efforts and environmental interests, the Corps of Cadets implemented a new waste management system. She also helped to develop a biogas digester project in Uganda.
She plans to earn a Master of Science in nature, science and environmental policy at the University of Oxford.
“I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to be a part of the Rhodes community,” Mauldin said. “Calla and I would not have been successful were it not for the support of the other Rhodes finalists this past week and all of our classmates who have been in this together for over a year. I am excited by the opportunity to delve deeply into my studies and broaden my perspective with a passionate and creative cohort at Oxford next year.”
Class of 2014 Cadet Alexander Brammer
Class of 2014 Cadet Ahmad Nasir
Class of 2014 Cadet Erin Mauldin
Class of 2014 Cadet Calla Glavin