Marshall Foundation Scholars Program


The George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, announces a unique research and writing opportunity for undergraduate students in the area.

The in-person, interactive nature of this program gives students experience searching archival documents and enjoying discovery of materials supporting their research. The safety of both students and staff is paramount, so the George C. Marshall Foundation staff will follow current guidance from the Virginia Department of Health. Foundation staff and Senior Fellow David Hein will wear masks and socially distance to make the Marshall Scholars Program possible in the fall of 2021. All participants will socially distance and wear masks as well.

We will monitor guidelines from local and national authorities as we plan for the fall 2021 semester, and will update this page.


  • Give undergraduate students studying history or a related field an opportunity to undertake research and writing projects using the research library’s rich and vast holdings of primary sources.
  • Scholars may choose topics in twentieth-century diplomatic, military, or political history from 1898 to 1960—the approximate dates of George C. Marshall’s public service—that can be supported, in large part, by the collections that reside in the archives.
  • Scholars who write about a subject relating to George C. Marshall’s service with the Army or government are eligible for the Larry I. Bland Scholars Prize.


  • Interested students submit an application (available below). Applicants must either be a declared history major/minor, a declared major/minor in a related field, or working on a specific project for which our archives could provide important support.
  • Students will undertake a substantial research paper.
  • Students are required to make arrangements with their faculty advisor or course instructor to determine appropriate course credit for their work.
  • Fall applications must be received no later than Sept. 30, 2021.

Period of Scholarship

  • Upon acceptance of a student’s application, the student will be admitted to candidacy status to conduct research at his/her convenience throughout the semester.
  • Papers may be completed in conjunction with a regular course, independent study, or an honors thesis.
  • Papers may be completed over a semester or the academic year.
  • All research papers must be submitted by May 1, 2022.
  • Scholars may apply for spring 2022 beginning in November 2021, and February 2022 for fall 2022.


  • Monetary awards for the top 3 papers: 1st – $250, 2nd – $150, 3rd – $100.
  • Designation as a Marshall Foundation Scholar upon successful completion of the program.
  • Larry I. Bland Scholars Prize – awarded to the best research paper on a topic relating to George C. Marshall. The paper will be considered for publication in the foundation’s official magazine, Marshall.


The research library’s resources include:

  • George C. Marshall’s own papers and the personal papers of many of Marshall’s associates from the military and government.
  • Other subject strengths include: arms control; China; cryptology; the homefront during World War II; U.S. involvement in World War II, and the Korean War; military intelligence; NATO; propaganda; Women’s Army Corps.
  • Specialized library of over 30,000 volumes, as well as thousands of photographs, maps, and posters of the period.


Email completed application and pdf attachments to


  • For more information, including examples of previous papers, please contact Melissa Davis, Director of Library and Archives, by email at or by phone at 540-463-7103 ext. 122.