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McKenzie Clark wins $25,000 in Scholarships to Study in England as the 2020/2021 Luard Morse Scholar

Ms. McKenzie Clarke, an English major from Murfreesboro, TN, and a sophomore at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, has been selected as the recipient of an English-Speaking Union Luard Morse Scholarship.  Karen Karpowich, Executive Director of the English-Speaking Union, announced the winner, noting that she will receive $25,000 toward a semester of study at any university of her choosing in the United Kingdom during the 2020-2021 academic year. McKenzie plans to study at Goldsmiths, University of London, Fall 2021.

Read the announcement here.

Amariyah Ayee

Alexis Brooks

Kayla Reado

The three other finalists for the English-Speaking Union Luard Morse Scholarship were Ms. Amariyah Ayee, a Biology major and Chemistry minor from Columbia, SC, a sophomore at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC; Ms. Alexis Brooks, a Sociology major and Environmental Science minor from Birmingham, AL, a sophomore at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA; and Ms. Kayla Reado, an English and International Studies double major from Terrytown, LA, a sophomore at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

A Semester Abroad in England

The Luard Morse Scholarship provides up to $25,000 towards a semester of study at a British university to deserving students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The scholarship is open to sophomore students in all disciplines and has been awarded to students majoring in economics, philosophy, finance, mathematics, liberal arts, and the sciences.

Since the inaugural 1969-70 academic year, 75 Luard Scholars have performed with distinction at 18 British universities, including University of Oxford, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, and the London School of Economics. They have served as ambassadors for the United States while abroad and for British higher education upon returning home.


Kayana Washington, 2018-2019 Luard Morse Scholarship Recipient

Kyana Washington

The English-Speaking Union is proud to announce that Kyana Washington, an English Major at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, has been selected as the Luard Morse Scholarship recipient. The scholarship provides up to $25,000 toward one semester of study at any university in the United Kingdom during the 2018-2019 academic year.  

Read the announcement here.

Ms. Washington attended Mansfield College at Oxford University. During her semester abroad, she served as an unofficial ambassador for the United States and, upon her return to Spellman College, for the United Kingdom. 

Read Kyana Washington's Mid-Term Report here.