March 26, 2004

Contact: Sue Lorenz, KU Honors Program, (785) 864-3374

2 KU candidates compete as semifinalists for national Mellon fellowships

LAWRENCE -- Two University of Kansas candidates are competing as semifinalists for one of 85 fellowships offered nationally through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to encourage teaching careers in the humanities.

Cody Marrs, senior in English from Arkansas City, and Anne B. Wallen, May 2003 graduate in Germanic languages and literatures from Lindsborg, were named semifinalists earlier this month following interviews in Chicago with a regional committee.

Winners will be announced during the first week of April by the Final Selection Committee of the Mellon Foundation in Princeton, N.J.

Mellon fellowships provide $17,500 and cover tuition and fee costs for one year of graduate study. The fellowship program is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Princeton, N.J.

A total of 23 KU students have received Mellon fellowships since 1984. Nearly 1,900 Mellon fellowships have been awarded since the competition began in 1982. Former Mellon fellows are now teachers and scholars at some of the nation's top universities and colleges.

Marrs plans a career teaching literary studies at the university level. At KU he has received an undergraduate research grant to study connections between French philosopher Michel Foucault and new historicism. He presented a paper at the 10th annual Eyes on the Mosaic Conference at the University of Chicago. Marrs plans to graduate from KU in May. He is the son of Monte and Bette Marrs. He attended Maize High School and Newman University in Wichita.

Wallen plans an academic career in German and comparative literature. After graduating from KU with highest distinction and with departmental honors in May 2003, she received a German exchange scholarship and is studying in Germany this semester. She is the daughter of J. Michael and Rose Marie Wallen of Lindsborg. At KU, Wallen was a 2002 nominee for both Rhodes and Marshall scholarships.

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