Senior Joshua Bennett wins Marshall Scholarship
November 24, 2009, 2:57 am · Updated November 24, 2009, 12:00 am·
College senior Joshua Bennett won the 2010 Marshall Scholarship.
The award pays for high-achieving young Americans to study in the United Kingdom. Forty scholars are selected each year to attend a British graduate institution for any field of study.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic and shocked, and just incredibly thankful,” said Bennett.
He will be attending the University of Warwick to earn a Masters degree in Theater Study.
His thesis will focus on the genealogy of black performers in the trans-Atlantic world.
The Marshall Scholarship also allows distinguished American students to gain an understanding of contemporary Great Britain.
Bennett said he feels well prepared to tackle graduate studies in the United Kingdom.
“Penn’s incredible,” he added. “I’ve gotten a really well-rounded education here.”
Bennett is currently double majoring in Africana Studies and English, with minors in Hispanic Studies and History.
He recently published Jesus Riding Shotgun, a collection of autobiographical poems.
“I’d also like to send a shoutout to the Excelano Project,” he said. “My fans have been incredibly supportive, and for that I’m grateful.”