Morgan Breene named URI’s first Marshall Scholar

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URI graduate student earns prestigious international award to continue her studies of underwater archaeological sites

KINGSTON, R.I. – December 4, 2014 — Morgan Breene grew up caring for show cows and chickens in West Greenwich R.I. But her studies and discoveries far beyond the fences of her family farm have made Breene the University of Rhode Island’s first Marshall Scholar, the University announced today.


Breene (’14) is one of 31 American winners of the award this year and the only Marshall Scholar from Rhode Island. She is one of four winners in the New England region out of 116 applicants and the only recipient from a public institution in New England. The award provides two years of funding for scholars to study in the United Kingdom. Breene will use her award to pursue a master’s degree in maritime archaeology at the University of Southampton and another master’s in European history at University College London.


“From her early years growing up on a farm to her internationally recognized excellence, Morgan embodies everything the University of Rhode Island has stood for since its founding as the state’s land grant university,” said URI President David M. Dooley. “Her scholarship, combining historical and archaeological discovery, has placed her in truly exclusive company with this award and, in turn, she has become a part of the University’s own history.”