Smith College graduate Tess Grogan receives Marshall Scholarship



Last modified: Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tess Grogan of Greenfield, who graduated earlier this year from Smith College, has received a Marshall Scholarship.

Grogan works in Hadley on teacher license exams with Pearson Education, a publishing and assessment service. Now she has the opportunity to work on her master’s degree in the United Kingdom.

Marshall Scholarships, founded in 1953 by the British Parliament, pay up to 40 young Americans annually to study for a degree in the United Kingdom.

Grogan will attend either the University of St. Andrews in Scotland or the University of Cambridge in England. She will find out which in about a month.

She said of her studies, “In general, I want to look at instances of legends that are very powerful and endured over time such as the Fisher King legends,” about a character in myths involving the Holy Grail.

Grogan said the relevance of those stories depend on current issues at the time they were written. “They’re still being read for a reason. We can still find relevance there, but the reason for their relevance may change over the years,” she said.

Grogan hopes to continue studying the deeper meanings of those stories, including politics, identity and gender.

Grogan said she applied for a Marshall Scholarship after being encouraged by co-worker Jeff Hunter, who is a previous recipient.

“She’s a very good student, someone I felt would benefit from studying in the UK,” said Hunter, who graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and went on to the University of Bristol.

Smith College nominated Grogan, who was then interviewed in Boston as part of the selection process.


 

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