We are thrilled to announce that the Peter J. Barack-David Goldey-Marshall Scholarship in Politics has been awarded for the first time. We are grateful to the alumni and friends of David who made this Scholarship a reality.
The recipient, Michaela Coplen, graduated from Vassar College with a degree in International Studies and minors in Arabic and Creative Writing. Her passions are poetry and U.S. foreign policy. She was appointed as a National Student Poet by former First Lady Michelle Obama and has interned with the U.S. Army, the U.K. Cabinet Office, and the United States Agency for International Development in Jordan. Her research has spanned a breadth of issues related to conflict and sustainable peacebuilding.
She would like to share the following message with supporters of the Scholarship.
“I feel very lucky to have ended up at Lincoln College through the David Goldey Scholarship. When I originally thought about studying at Oxford, I had no idea which college would be the right fit for me. I felt ambivalent about the options; I told myself that as a graduate student, all I really needed from a college was a mailbox and a place to eat. Lincoln has proven me wrong—and proven itself to be so much more than that.
In my first month I’ve been so fortunate as to find fast friends in both the MCR and JCR communities. The faculty and staff have been incredibly generous with their time, helping me navigate my transatlantic transition and the Oxford academic culture. Now when I study in the library, or sip tea in the MCR, or sit down for a meal in Hall, I’m always surrounded by familiar faces. Lincoln has become more than just a ‘home base,’ it’s becoming a home.
I’m doubly honored by the namesake of this scholarship. While I never knew David Goldey myself, I’ve spoken to several of his former students and others who knew him well. Each of them has related to me that his commitment to teaching exceeded the job description—he truly cared about the wellbeing of his students, as well as their education.
I’m grateful to be at Lincoln, and following in the footsteps of a fellow American scholar who found a home here. I hope that I’ll follow his example, too—not just in my study of politics and international relations, but by ensuring that my work is of service to others.”