Four Harvard seniors have won coveted Marshall Scholarships, entitling them to three years of all-expense-paid study at an English university of their choice.
The four winners, among 30 nationwide, are: Clark J. Freshman '86 of North House and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Mary D. Garrison '86 of Dunster House and New York, N.Y.; Samuel C. Rickless '86 of Adams House and Santa Fe, N.M.; an Jeffrey M. Rosen '86 of Adams House and New York, N.Y.
Garrison said he will study at Cambridge University next year, while the other three winners will attend Oxford.
Criteria for the scholarship include an A-minus average in courses taken after freshman year and "the capacity to play an active part in the life of a United Kingdom University," according to the application.
Freshman, a History and Government concentrator, recently received national attention for his thesis on the executive clemency of Georgia factory owner Leo Frank. Frank was convicted in 1913 of murdering a 13-year-old girl. Last month, Freshman's thesis helped gain a posthumous pardon for Frank.
"I am interested in studying things that have real connections to the outside world. That's what was so rewarding about my thesis work," Freshman said.
Freshman is currently working on a book about democratic theory in collaboration with the Charles Kettering Public Policy Research Center.
Rosen, who said he plans to get a degree in English and Government, wrote his thesis on the Harvard education of Henry Adams and the connections between education and the political community.
His activities include chairing the Undergraduate Council's Academics Committee, writing about the Core Curriculum for The New York Times, and founding the Harvard College Forum, a magazine that prints outstanding academic writing.
Both Freshman and Rosen, who have been best friends since freshman year, paid tribute to their advisor Judith Sklar. "We owe a lot to her support and excitement," Rosen said.
Dunster House resident Garrison plans to spend two years studying medieval history and literature. Elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society in her junior year, Garrison has been involved in several public service projects including tutoring exconvicts and supervising a children's writing center.
Rickless, who intends to study philosophy, has been involved in a variety of activities, including the Harvard-Radcliffe Democratic Socialists of America and the South Africa Solidarity Committee (SASC). He said his interests include a concern for the place of logic in the history of philosophy and the nature and foundations of mathematics.
Rickless' self-proclaimed "crazy work record" includes interning in the British Parliament, remodeling adobe huts in Santa Fe, and gold-prospecting in western Australia.