Four seniors receive Marshall scholarships

Nov. 21, 2001 3:55 p.m.

Four Princeton seniors have been awarded prestigious Marshall scholarships for study in the United Kingdom following graduation. The students are Matthew Frazier, Abbie Liel, Courtney Mills and Lillian Pierce.

The Marshall Scholarship, which covers the cost of living and studying at a British university of the recipient's choice for two years, is awarded each year to 40 students from the United States.


Frazier is an A.B. candidate in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A graduate of the Lovett School in Atlanta, he won the Humanities Council's Haarlow Prize for the best paper in humanistic studies for the 2000-2001 academic year. He has worked as a summer intern at the Carter Center on the Global Development Initiative and at the U.S. Department of State's Mission to the European Union in Brussels.

Frazier has been editor-in-chief of the Princeton Progressive Review and a junior fellow of the Center for Human Values Forum honor society.


A B.S.E. candidate, Liel is concentrating in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and pursuing a certificate in the Woodrow Wilson School. The winner of the George Wood Legacy Prize in her sophomore and junior years, she has twice received the President's Award for Academic Achievement and has been awarded a scholarship by the New Jersey Professional Engineers in Construction. Liel graduated from the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Ore.

A bassoonist in the Princeton University Orchestra, Liel also serves as vice president of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, as treasurer of the Princeton chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and as a peer adviser to freshmen in the School of Engineering.


Valedictorian of her class at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Mills is an A.B. candidate in the politics department. She won a Leonard Rieser Research Fellowship from the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science in 2001. During an internship last summer with USAID in Central Asia, she monitored development projects in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Mills has been executive director of Princeton Model Congress since 1998. She also has participated in the American Whig-Cliosophic Society and the Center for Human Values Forum.


Home-schooled in Fallbrook, Calif., Pierce is an A.B. candidate concentrating in the mathematics department. The winner of the Freshman First Honor Prize, she twice received the President's Award for Academic Achievement. This past year, she was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team and selected as one of Glamour Magazine's Top 10 College Women for 2001. She also won the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award.

An accomplished violinist, Pierce serves as co-concertmaster and co-president of the Princeton University Orchestra. She is a member of the Princeton String Quartet and a founding member of the Nassau String Quartet.

The Marshall Scholarships were established in 1953 as a British gesture of thanks to the people of the United States for the assistance received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Financed by the British government, the scholarships are awarded to American students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership potential.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601