Two Longhorns Land Elite Academic Scholarships

Two Longhorns have won two of the nation's most prestigious academic awards.

Hertz Foundation Fellowship winner Ashvin Bashyam

Quantitative biology and bioengineering senior Ashvin Bashyam has been awarded the 2014 Hertz Foundation Fellowship, a five-year graduate fellowship valued at $250,000. The coveted award was offered to only 15 students out of a competitive pool of nearly 800 applicants. A Hertz Fellow receives full tuition support for up to five years of graduate study in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. The goal of the award is to give scholars the "freedom to innovate" in their doctoral studies.

Bashyam, who is graduating this May, will pursue a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall as part of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. He is the Cockrell School's fourth Hertz Fellow since 2011.

Marshall Scholarship winner John Russell Beaumont

John Russell Beaumont, a 2013 Plan II and architecture graduate, has won the distinguished British Marshall Scholarship, one of the most coveted study abroad scholarships available. The scholarship supports talented American students in pursuing graduate education in the United Kingdom and covers university fees, cost of living expenses, books, thesis research and travel, as well as fares to and from the United States. Only 34 scholarships were awarded this year.

Beaumont will be studying international development with a focus on poverty, conflict and reconstruction at the University of Manchester, as well as urban design in the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College in London.