May 1, 1997
Following in the tradition of 19 Tulane graduates before him, R. Lane Greene (T '97) of Marietta, Ga., was one of 40 American students this year to receive a Marshall scholarship, which will fund two years of graduate study in Great Britain.
The Marshall Scholarship Program was created in 1954 by the British government to honor American students who have excelled in scholarship and demonstrated leadership abilities. The program was initiated as a token of gratitude to the American people for assistance received following World War II under the auspices of the Marshall Plan.
Included in the scholarship are tuition costs, books, and travel and living expenses for two or three years. While at Tulane, Greene, who majors in history and international relations, has been active in Tulane's jazz band and serves as an editor and contributor to the BrouHaHa, Tulane's monthly humor magazine. He spent his junior year studying in Germany through Tulane's Junior Year Abroad program.
Last summer, he worked at the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay. Greene will be using his scholarship to earn a master's of philosophy degree at the University of Oxford. There, he will begin studying European politics and society in October, examining comparative politics, international relations, economics and history. After his two years at Oxford, Greene plans to pursue diplomatic work or graduate school.
"My main plan is probably to take the Foreign Service Exam and look at going into the diplomatic corps," Greene says. "I may also apply to graduate schools to look at a PhD." Applying for this prestigious award was "harrowing," says Greene.
After completing the first phase, a written application, he was required to give an intensive, 45-minute interview with a panel that included the British consul and past scholarship winners. "It was a really difficult interview," he says. "They weren't out for my broad philosophy or whether I was a nice person or not, but they wanted to know what I knew and whether or not I was a serious student. So they asked questions with a specific, correct answer. It was a very tough interview, and I walked out with my hair standing on end."
Greene says he feels his Tulane education, especially the influence of Jean Danielson, director of the honors program, and Dale Edmonds, professor of English, helped tremendously in his succeeding at the interview.
"The program here is really good," he says. "Dean Jean and Dale Edmonds, who is the coordinator for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, really encourage the applicants, and I think they help the applicants that do go for it."
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