Carolina Senior Awarded Marshall Scholarship
It is with great pride that I share with you the news that Elizabeth Nyikos, a senior in South Carolina Honors College, has been awarded a 2009 Marshall Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship is offered to 40 or fewer students a year and supports graduate study in the United Kingdom. Elizabeth is the second University of South Carolina student to be selected as a Marshall Scholar; the first was Nicholas Miller in 2001.
Elizabeth’s accomplishments are the culmination of many educational opportunities here at Carolina.
A senior piano performance major, Elizabeth has conducted research in four countries, following her passion for inquiry and musical performance. She also is involved in numerous extracurricular initiatives and public service commitments. A Palmetto Fellow and National Merit Scholar, Nyikos has also received a Magellan Scholarship and an Honors College Undergraduate Research Grant. She is the daughter of Dr. Peter Nyikos, a professor in the Department of Mathematics, and Leila Nyikos, both of Columbia.
The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, which assists University students competing for national fellowships and scholarships, and the University Marshall Scholarship Committee, chaired by Dr. John Nelson of the Department of Biological Sciences, helped prepare Elizabeth for this challenging competition. The Committee members include Dr. Jan Boucher Breuer of the Department of Economics, Dr. Jill Frank of the Department of Political Science, Dr. Leon Jackson of the English Department, and Dr. Gordon Smith, director of the Walker Institute of International & Area Studies.
Congratulations to Elizabeth and congratulations to the faculty and staff who supported her throughout her undergraduate career. I am confident that she will be an outstanding ambassador for our University as she completes her graduate program abroad.