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New Mexico State University students selected as nominees for prestigious scholarships

New Mexico State University students Ashley Foster and Erin McSherry have been nominated by NMSU faculty to compete for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships.


holarships were created to bring outstanding U.S. students to British universities for graduate study. The competitive scholarships require applicants to have "excellence of mind and scholarship that will offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead." More than 1,000 students are nominated throughout the United States and only 32 applicants will be selected for the Rhodes scholarship and 40 for the Marshall scholarship.

Foster, of Las Cruces, is a senior majoring in vocal music education. She was nominated for the Marshall scholarship. She is a presidential scholar, involved in the student chapter of National American Teachers of Singing, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera and the American Southwest Theatre Co. She said that the rigorous application process helped her to learn about herself and why she wants to further her education. If chosen to receive the scholarship, she would like to study musical theater performance at the Royal Academy of Music.

McSherry, of Albuquerque, is a senior majoring in environmental science and the NMSU student government president. She was nominated for both scholarships. McSherry focuses on maintaining extremely good grades and involvement on campus. She has served in leadership positions for Habitat for Humanity, NMSU Housing and Residence Life and enjoys participating in intramural sports. If selected to receive the national scholarship, she would like to study environmental and social policy at Oxford University or international boundary studies at King's College London of the University of London.