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LSU Endorses Three Students for Gates Cambridge, Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships

The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College has endorsed three students applying for prestigious scholarships to study in the United Kingdom.
LSU Endorses Three Students for Gates Cambridge, Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships

Connor Rouillier, Cecily Stewart and William Boles, III

The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College has endorsed three students applying for prestigious scholarships to study in the United Kingdom.

Connor Rouillier is a Gates Cambridge Scholarship applicant, Cecily Stewart is applying for the Marshall Scholarship and William Boles is a Rhodes Scholarship nominee.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded for postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. With the Marshall Scholarship, students can study at any university in the United Kingdom. The Rhodes Scholarship finances study at the University of Oxford in England.

LSU students have previously won one Gates Cambridge, four Marshall, and 14 Rhodes scholarships. The first LSU student to win a Gates Cambridge Scholarship was Zachary Fitzpatrick, who won in 2014.

Rouillier, from Baton Rouge, La., is a double major in anthropology and religious studies in the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. If awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, he wants to study theoretical and applied linguistics. He is interested in subject-verb agreement configurations within and across world languages. Rouillier presented his research on the structure and distribution of double modals at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL 2016). He also presented his research on asymmetry in subject-verb agreement in Arabic at the Great Lakes Expo in Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics in 2018. Rouillier is currently an Arabic tutor and was chosen as a Discover Scholar in 2017.

Stewart is from Mandeville, La., and majors in international studies in the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences with minors in German and economics. She completed a successful semester-long study abroad program at Swansea University. Stewart is a member of Phi Mu sorority, where she has served on the academic committee and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Stewart’s volunteer work includes being a “Buddy” for exchange students at LSU, Habitat for Humanity and Friends of the Animals in Baton Rouge. This past summer, she took part in the Northwestern Mutual Internship Program. If chosen as a Marshall Scholar, she hopes to study International Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, or LSE.

Boles III is a Monroe, La., native majoring in microbiology in the LSU College of Science. His volunteer experience includes Project 225 Student Director at the LSU Ogden Honors College, inpatient and direct patient volunteer at The Hospice of Baton Rouge and a mentor at the Youth Oasis Baton Rouge. He was selected for the inaugural class of Louisiana Governor’s Fellows. In addition, he studied abroad in Greece and is a Louisiana Service and Leadership, or LASAL, Scholar. Boles received the Ogden Honors College Service Award in 2018. He has presented his research on “Cellular and Humoral Immune Response to Heterologous Antigen Delivery by HSV-1 strain VC2,” “Risk of Depression following mTBI,” and “Does fMRI/DTI Evidence of Cortical Loss and White Matter Tract Lesions Correlate with Cognitive Deficit in mTBI Patients?” in Chicago, Ill.; Baton Rouge; and New Orleans. If awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Boles plans to study International Health and Tropical Medicine and Evidence-based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

“These nominated students represent the best of the best in the Ogden Honors College,” said LSU Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle. “Their hard work and determination put them in a great position to compete for these prestigious fellowships.”

About the Office of Fellowship Advising

The Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising advises current students and recent graduates from all colleges at LSU as they apply for prestigious national and international fellowships. Students interested in applying for a fellowship may contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of the Office of Fellowship Advising, at

The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College

The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.