Georgia State University senior Kashif Molwani has been named a Marshall Scholar finalist and a Schwartzman Scholar semi-finalist. The Marshall is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious and competitive scholarships awarded to American undergraduates and supports one to two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom. The esteemed Schwarzman Scholars Program supports one year of graduate study at Tsinghua University in China.
Molwani, a finance major and Honors College member, has been significantly involved on campus serving as both the President of the Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. Molwani also serves as the recruitment chair for Panthers on Wallstreet and his outstanding commitment to community service has included serving as one of four inreach ambassadors for the Ismaili Professionals Network helping 15 million people around the globe connect with each other. He was also the recipient of around $108,000 of scholarships including the Coca Cola Global Ambassador Scholarship, John Dyer First-Generation Finance Scholarship, Watson & Brown Foundation Scholarship and the Nita Robinson Scholarship.
“This is a tribute to Kashif’s exemplary involvement and commitment to creating a global reach,” said Honors College Dean, Larry Berman. “It also reinforces what we work so hard to create—an atmosphere that provides opportunity and institutional support so that our students can fulfill a lifetime of achievement.”
If selected as a Marshall Scholar, Molwani plans to complete a masters of philosophy in economics at the University of Oxford. If selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, Molwani plans to complete a masters in economics and business. Molwani will interview for the Schwarzman on Nov. 7 in New York City and the Marshall on Nov. 14 in Atlanta.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this process and excited to interview for the Marshall and Schwarzman. I never thought I would come this far but thanks to the Honors College team, in particular, Jennifer Gerz-Escandón, I was encouraged to take a chance and share my story. Jennifer has truly been instrumental throughout this process and I look forward to continuing to foster my relationship with her and the Honors College after graduation.”
Up to 40 new Marshall Scholarships are awarded each year (out of approximately 1,000 applicants). The awards finance young Americans of high ability to complete an advanced degree in the United Kingdom. The award is named in honor of US Secretary of State George C. Marshall and is an expression of Britain’s gratitude for economic assistance received through the Marshall Plan after World War II.
Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College and pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies.