Penn alumna Ashley Fuchs is a 2024 Marshall Scholar

Now in Estonia on a Fulbright Scholarship, Fuchs is a 2022 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences. 


Ashley Fuchs standing outside
Ashley Fuchs, a 2022 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2024 Marshall Scholar.  (Image: Courtesy of Ashley Fuchs)

University of Pennsylvania 2022 graduate Ashley Fuchs has been chosen as a 2024 Marshall Scholar. Established by the British Government, the Marshall Scholarship funds as many as three years of study for a graduate degree in any field in an institution in the United Kingdom. 

Fuchs is among the 51 Marshall Scholars for 2024 representing 34 institutions in the United States. Meant to strengthen U.S.-U.K. relations, the prestigious scholarship is offered to about 50 Americans a year, chosen based on academic merit, leadership, and ambassadorial potential.

Fuchs, from Stony Brook, New York, graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2022 as a double major in political science and classical studies with concentrations in American politics and classical civilization. After graduation, Fuchs thru-hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail and backpacked 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She is currently teaching English in Narva, Estonia, on a Fulbright Scholarship

A Benjamin Franklin Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa at Penn, Fuchs was a legal researcher and intern at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the Annenberg Public Policy Center where she managed the flagship publication and contributed to investigative reports, articles, conferences, and academic volumes. She received the College Alumni Society Prize in Classical Studies; the Dick Wolf Award for Best Screenplay for her original screenplay “Remembering the Sun”; a Penn Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award; and the Franklin Opportunity Fund for summer research. She also co-curated the exhibition “Heritage in Our Hands: UNESCO 50 Years Later” at the Penn Museum. Awarded distinction in political science, her honors thesis on prison museums won the Philo S. Bennett Prize for best thesis submitted on American politics and/or political theory.

As a Marshall Scholar, Fuchs plans to focus on the nexus between international politics and heritage studies as she pursues graduate degrees: first at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to study global crime, justice and security, followed by the heritage studies program at the University of Cambridge in England. 

Fuchs applied for the Marshall Scholarship with assistance from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. She is the 25th Marshall Scholar from Penn since the scholarship’s inception in 1953, and one of 11 Penn affiliates chosen in the last six consecutive years.