Dylan Holden, class of 2018, has been named a semi-finalist for the Marshall Scholarship. The Marshall Scholarship funds two years of graduate studies in the United Kingdom for about 40 students. Holden will be the Mount’s first semi-finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, which is one of the most competitive programs in the country. Last year only 159 students were named semi-finalists of the 946 that applied.
If he wins the scholarship, Holden plans to spend his first year at the University of Cambridge obtaining a Master of Philosophy degree in public health. The second year would be spent at the University of Manchester working towards a Master of Research degree in biological sciences. His focus would be in neuroscience and mental health. The current senior is a biology major with minors in philosophy and chemistry.
Holden is a first generation college student. Outside of the classroom, Holden is a peer tutor on campus, as well as a student teaching assistant for biology and chemistry . Holden is also a recipient of the Carl Fives Scholarship and the Della Ratta award, which is given to students who display the highest excels both academically and personally around campus. Holden also is a research assistant to Dr. Garth Patterson in the Science Department.
In addition to being a leader on campus, Holden is a leader in his local community. He volunteers as a nursing assistant for Waynesboro hospital. Holden has also founded the Archer Addiction Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on awareness concerning substance abuse in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania. Holden founded the organization after the loss of several classmates that suffered with opioid addiction.
This scholarship is intended for students who have the potential of becoming world leaders and ambassadors. Holden is the first Mount student to become a semi-finalist for this prestigious award, a historic moment for not only Holden, but for the Mount Community.