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5 Mass. students awarded prestigious Marshall Scholarship for British study

University of Oxford
Caroline Spiezio
University of Oxford

Five Massachusetts college students were selected to study at prestigious British universities for free on the Marshall Scholarship, Britain’s program for American students looking to get a graduate degree abroad.

The 2018 scholarships, mostly funded by the British government, went to 43 students across the United States this year, according to a list of recipients sent to the Associated Press. The five Massachusetts scholarship winners are:

 Dakota Foster, Amherst College; plans to study at King’s College London

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 Elizabeth Keto, Harvard University; Courtauld Institute of Art

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 Nick Schwartz, MIT; Imperial College London

 Olivia Zhao, MIT; University of Oxford

 Liang Zhou, MIT; University College London

The British government is expected to formally announce the recipients on Monday, according to the AP.

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The scholarship funds graduate study on any subject for up to three years, and covers the cost of academics, living, and travel to and from the United States, according to the program’s website. Applicants must be in their last year of undergraduate study and excel academically.

“Marshall Scholars are talented, independent, and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth,” the website states.

The scholarship, founded in 1953 and named after former US secretary of state George C. Marshall, was seen as a way of strengthening the relationship between the two countries in the wake of World War II.

J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.