Partridge winner of Truman and Marshall Scholarships – an ACU first

Posted May 25, 2013

Brittany Partridge, senior political science major from Annandale, Minn., is ACU's first ever student to be awarded not one but two of the most prestigious academic honors in the nation, the Truman Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship.

"It's a dream come true, and I haven't fully woken up to the reality of it all yet," says Partridge on winning the Marshall. "I worked for almost seven months on the application, so it's a process that I became deeply invested in, the whole time recognizing that I was going up against so many other incredibly qualified and deserving candidates. This is a blessing that will change my life in ways I can only imagine."

Dr. Jason Morris, associate dean of the Honors College and director of ACU's new Office of Major Scholarships, aided Partridge in the application process. He hopes Partridge's example will encourage other students who also hope to land major scholarship awards. 

"It is remarkable for a student to win both the Truman and the Marshall," says Morris. "Only a handful of students around the nation won both scholarships this year, and this speaks to Brittany's drive and vision for working to eliminate human trafficking."

Partridge has exciting plans in the following months. Upon graduating in December, she will work at a Christian youth hostel and intern with the International Forum of Solidarity in the Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina. After her internship, she will spend the summer in Washington, D.C., at the Truman Foundation's Summer Institute. She will begin her graduate work in Britain in the fall.

The Marshall Scholarship is among the most prestigious and elite scholarships for undergraduates who wish to pursue graduate work. The purpose of the scholarship is to help young Americans who wish to study in the United Kingdom. Universities around the country nominate one student per institution for the Marshall. Among this year's 981 applicants, only 36 of those nominated – fewer than 4% – were selected for recognition. With the Marshall, Partridge will be able to study on a full ride for two years of graduate work. 

The Truman Scholarship is awarded to students with a strong record of public service and a policy proposal that addresses a particular issue in society. Partridge's vision to combat human trafficking made her a perfect scholar for this award.

Learn more about Brittany Partridge, the Marshall Scholarship and Truman Scholarship programs, about ACU's Office of Major Scholarships and also about ACU's Honors College.