Bridget Buxton: The Marshall Scholar is an extremely prestigious honor. This is a great honor for URI. This is the equivalent as if one of our sports teams won a National Championship. Roderick Mather:The Marshall Scholarship is one that the university has tried to, obtain for a long period of time. For Morgan to achieve that, is really quite something. Morgan Breene: It’s so exciting and it’s such an honor. Reading through the list of the people who’ve won this in the past, and obviously they’re all very deserving but they’re all coming from Ivy League schools, or coming from private schools. So to have the opportunity to represent a public school the University of Rhode Island, it feels great! The Marshall Scholarship provides two years of funding for study in the UK. So my plan at this point is to do two masters. One in Maritime Archeology at the University of South Hamptom. And the second masters in European History at the University College London. I really like people and I like to know how we came to be the way we are. The archeology plays such a huge part in that because it helps us really see the physical environment that we created in the past. And I think that it’s important for us to understand our past to understand our future. And underwater is great because 71% of the Earth surface is covered in water. So all of the major finds in the next 100 years are going to be underwater. Mather: Well she grew up on a small farm in West Greenwich. Breene: Sort of my fault that it was a farm. I wanted chickens when I was four, we really didn’t have animals, and I wanted chickens. And then we got chickens, and we joined 4-H and it spiraled. Mather: Historically there have been strong connections between farming and fishing in New England. So in a sense, Morgan represents that tradition. So I think that is one of the compelling things about her narrative, it is sort of the authenticity about it, and the historical connections that she has with other people from New England. That have gone from the farm to the sea and then back to land again. Breene: It’s a small farm and its a hobby farm. But it was a nice way to grow up. Buxton: When we get students like Morgan who are entry student Underwater Archeology, they don’t just belong to one department. The do work in history and anthropology, and art history. And then we have a whole support team in the honors program, who just grooms them and supports them. And really all of these facility are responsible, in addition to Morgan herself, for the success she’s had in the scholarship program. Mather: I think Morgan’s ultimate fate is she is going to be a world expert in underwater archeology. I anticiapte that she will go on to do a PhD. But her trajectory is certainly one I think we need to keep an eye on. Breene: To be ready for the interview, I did a lot of research on General Marshall. Who developed the Marshall Plan, which is were this scholarship came from. He was such an incredible person and to be given a scholarship in his memory, is just an incredible feeling. To be given this opportunity to continue in my studies and be supported by such a prestigious institution, is just incredible and so exciting.