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LSU nominates four students for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships to the UK

LSU has endorsed applications from four students applying for prestigious fellowships for study in the United Kingdom. Taylor Goss, Robert “Yancy” LeGrande, and Sarah Procopio are applying for the Rhodes Scholarship.  Maddie Tinsley is applying for a Marshall Scholarship.  Marshall Scholarships provide funding for graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom, and the Rhodes Scholarships provide expenses for one to three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.  

Regional panels review applications for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarship programs. Finalists for the Rhodes and Marshall are invited to participate in interviews in November. Applicants for the Marshall Scholarships must be U.S. citizens; the Rhodes Scholarship has 20 constituencies around the world, including the United States and Canada, as well as a new Global Rhodes Scholarship program.  

The LSU Office of Fellowship Advising, located in the Ogden Honors College, coordinates LSU’s endorsement process and supports candidates through the application process. Students interested in applying for these awards and other prestigious national scholarships are encouraged to contact the office by email at fellowships@lsu.edu.  

Taylor Goss is a candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship from Lacassine, Louisiana.  Goss entered LSU as one of ten Stamps Scholars who receive the highest academic scholarship at LSU.  An Ogden Honors student, Goss is pursuing dual degrees in music and entrepreneurship, and he was selected as a Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Scholar.  Goss has helped build the art-driven, storytelling medium Coastal Voices, a humanities initiative committed to telling the stories of coastal residents and their experiences of wetland loss.  As part of the initiative, he created a podcast to capture the voices of coastal residents as they told their stories and personal narratives of climate change, contributing his musical skills to the endeavor.  He hopes to pursue master’s degrees in public policy and musicology at Oxford University.

Robert “Yancy” LeGrande is a candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship from Coushatta, Louisiana.  LeGrande, an economics major with a minor in political science, has served as Director of Governmental Relations for LSU Student Government and President of the Gamma Iota chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity.  During the 2019 legislative session, LeGrande served as head page for the Louisiana House of Representatives.  He received the prestigious Governor’s Fellowship in 2019 to work with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, studying conservation funding stabilization and drafting a plan to implement improved funding as part of a statewide effort.  He currently serves as a research intern in the Governor’s Office, working with the Governor’s Rural Revitalization Commission.  He hopes to pursue master’s degrees in Public Policy and Economics for Development at Oxford University.

Sarah Procopio is a candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Procopio, an Ogden Honors student and LASAL Scholar, majors in mass communication.  As Director of Governmental Relations for the LSU Student Government, she revised the Higher Education Report Card, which evaluates legislators on how their voting record affects the LSU student body. Procopio received the prestigious Governor’s Fellowship in 2019 to work with the Louisiana Department of Health and proposed a statewide policy on campus overdose prevention which received approval from the Governor and BESE.  She is the founder of the Louisiana Youth Platform (LAYP), a non-partisan youth policy group devoted to advancing the interests of students across Louisiana in the state legislature.  Procopio served as an intern for Congressman Garret Graves, who nominated her for the Stennis Congressional Internship Program.  She received the Truman Scholarship in spring 2020.  She hopes to pursue a Master of Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government and a MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at Oxford University.

Maddie Tinsley is a candidate for the Marshall Scholarship from Shreveport, Louisiana. Tinsley, a history major and Ogden Honors student, has worked as a student researcher with the Department of Political Science since her freshman year to develop a project analyzing candidate quality in US Senate elections.  As a Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Scholar, she has worked to address poverty and coastal land loss problems.  Tinsley is a founding member of Project 225, a student-led service initiative associated with the Ogden Honors College.  She has directed service projects at Oak Park Plaza, a subsidized, predominantly African American senior living center in Baton Rouge to collect oral histories for preservation in the LSU Libraries’ T. Harry Williams Oral Histories Center.  Tinsley proposes to pursue a master’s degree in public history from the University of York.