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~San Diego Senior at Wellesley College Wins
Prestigious Marshall Scholarship To Study in the United Kingdom

For immediate release:
November 24, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College senior Morgan P. Carberry of San Diego is one of 40 Marshall Scholars to be chosen from across the nation this year and one of five selected from the Boston/New England Region. She is the daughter of Sue Punjack and Robert S. Carberry of San Diego.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Marshall Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an U.K. institution in any field of study. The program allows the Scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers and decision-makers in their own country, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. It also establishes long-lasting ties between the peoples of Britain and the United States. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Scholarship Program.

"I will use the scholarship to study theater and music performance in the U.K., namely musical theater and/or classical voice," Carberry said. "The scholarship is tenable for two years. I have applied to use it at two institutions. The first is the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, where I would hope to pursue their new Master of Performance in Musical Theatre program. The second is the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where I have applied to the Post-Diploma Vocal Training Program in classical voice."

Carberry is majoring in French with a minor in astronomy and has been extensively involved in many music and theater performances on campus.

"This is such an incredible honor, I still can't even believe that it has happened to me," she said of being named a Marshall Scholar. "I applied for the fellowship at the beginning of the year simply because I was so attracted by the possibility of studying at these wonderful institutions, but I never imagined I would make it this far. Now I am joining one of the most respected groups of scholars in the world, and that alone is a great distinction. But for me personally, what is even more amazing is that this fellowship will permit me to continue doing what I love next year, and hopefully for the rest of my life--theatrical and musical performance."

A member of the Shakespeare Society at Wellesley, she has recently performed the role of Falstaff in Henry IV Part I. She presented her own joint classical voice recital during sophomore year and performed as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, the Narrator in Blood Brothers and Saint Catherine in Joan of Arc. She has worked as musical director and actress for Wellesley Summer Theatre, where she created the original piano score for Jane Eyre and performed the title roles in both Iphigenia and Other Daughters and Cinderella. She is currently working as for Open Fields, a non-profit community theater for children in Dover, Mass., having served as musical director and choreographer for its first mainstage production and is now staging a cabaret show with a cast of 80 children ages 6 to 16.

She works as a French tutor and has been involved in ASTRO, the student astronomy club. A student of organ and classical voice, she works as a freelance musician, accompanist and organist. She is currently doing an honors thesis on the monologue in French theater, which will culminate in her own one-woman show performed in French next semester. She studied abroad in France last year with the Wellesley-in-Aix program.

The Marshall Scholarship adds to the long list of prizes Carberry earned at Wellesley, including the Katharine Malone First-Year Prize, French House Fellowship, Dorothy Dennis Prize, First-Year Distinction, American Guild of Organists National Scholarship (three times), American College Theater Festival: Irene Ryan Acting Competition Regional Nominee, Pacific Council for Organ Clubs First Place Scholarship, Ford National Scholarship. But the Marshall Scholarship is among her most treasured achievements.

"I am so honored that I have been given the opportunity to apply this conventionally academic honor in this unconventional way, and that I have earned this recognition that my work in the arts is as valuable as my academic studies in any other field," she said. "This is my greatest love and I have spent all year hoping that one way or another I would find the means to pursue it--and now I have. I feel that this scholarship is the paramount recognition of the many diverse interests and skills I've cultivated all my life through a liberal arts education, which are now allowing me to focus on concentrated study in this wonderful field."

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.

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