Two University of New Mexico students, including Iric Guthrie and Jake Wellman, were selected recently as finalists for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, respectively.

Guthrie, an economics major and anthropology minor, is the Rhodes Scholarship finalist selected as one of 12 students in our district, which also includes Colo., Neb., N.D. and Utah. If awarded, Guthrie will study Medical Anthropology and Public Health at the University of Oxford prior to entering a medical school in the U.S.

Jake Wellman

Wellman, who graduated from UNM in May 2013, is the Marshall Scholarship finalist. Wellman majored in political science and economics, with a minor in sustainability studies, and served as a student Regent from 2011-12. He is currently working as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If awarded, Wellman will study Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics.

Competition for both Rhodes and Marshall scholarships is extremely rigorous. The Rhodes Scholarship includes two years of study at the University of Oxford with the possibility of renewing for a third year, and every year 32 U.S. citizens are selected for the prestigious honor.

The Marshall allows for two years of fully paid tuition, room and board, a grant for books, travel and personal expenses. The average award is $31,000 per year. Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually. Recipients may study in any British University, in any academic program that confers a degree