WPI Senior Ian Bonzani Named 2004 Marshall Scholarship Winner

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Monday, December 8 - The names of the 44 leading young Americans to be awarded Marshall Scholarships to study at a university in Britain next year have been announced today. WPI senior Ian Bonzani was chosen in this year's competition, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Scholarship. He is the second WPI student chosen for the Marshall Scholarship in as many years. New Hampshire native Nicholas Baker received the award in 2002.

IAN BONZANI, of New Haven, Connecticut, is a student of biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He plans to study for an MSc in tissue engineering at Imperial College, London. In 2003 he was awarded a National Science Foundation research fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He hopes to become a pioneer in the field of bone tissue engineering. Ian is also a four-year starter and two-year co-captain of his university basketball team.

Over a thousand young Americans have been awarded Marshall Scholarships since the program's inception. Prominent past Marshall Scholars include US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Duke University president (and former Wellesley president) Nannerl Keohane; Providence psychiatrist Peter Kramer ("Listening to Prozac"); and Pulitzer Prize winning authors Tom Friedman of the New York Times and Dan Yergin ("The Prize"); Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan; incoming Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh; and noted inventor Ray Dolby.

The Marshall Scholarships were established in 1953 as a British gesture of thanks to the people of the United States for the assistance received after the Second World War under the Marshall Plan. Financed by the British Government, the highly competitive scholarships provide an opportunity for American students who have demonstrated academic excellence to continue their studies for two to three years at the British university of their choice. The Scholarships are worth about $60,000 each. In addition to intellectual distinction, Marshall selectors look for individuals who are likely to become leaders in their field and make a contribution to society. The exceptional academic achievements of this year's scholars are matched by their commitment to public service, artistic talent, and triumph over adversity.

Notes for Editors - To contact the individual cited in this press release, please contact Terri Evans at the British Consulate, tel617/245-4513; terri.evans@fco.gov.uk

For more information on the Marshall Scholarships see www.marshallscholarship.org.