Class of 2023 Cadet Marley Wait was recently selected for the Marshall Scholarship. She is an environmental engineering major from Macungie, Pennsylvania, and currently serves as the 1st Regimental Executive Officer.
“Congratulations to Cadet Wait and her mentors. A Marshall Scholarship will elevate her already impressive leadership and research as she continues to focus on complex challenges facing the Army and Nation,” Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Shane Reeves said.
About the Marshall Scholar
As an environmental engineering major, Wait’s undergraduate research in wastewater treatment and energy resilience enabled her to intern in the Pentagon with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment.
Through this unique opportunity, she gained insight into how the Army addresses climate change and how the Department of Defense addresses environmental issues more broadly, which inspired her to want to influence climate policymaking in the future.
She has worked on several projects examining the improvement of resilience on military installations, namely the implementation of anaerobic co-digestion in creating self-sufficient energy systems, with pending submission to several journals.
Outside of the classroom, Wait has been a member of the National Ski Patrol and the West Point Ski Patrol Club for the past three years. She has held numerous leadership positions, to include first sergeant of her cadet company and commander for Cadet Candidate Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School.
As a Marshall Scholar, Wait will study for a Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford and a Master of Science in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia.
Upon commissioning, Wait will serve as an Engineer officer and aspires to combine her passions for leadership and protecting the environment to shape how the Department of Defense addresses climate change through policy.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to continue my academic and professional endeavors as a Marshall Scholar. I will have the unparalleled opportunity to continue to develop the long-honored, dependable relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, from which I hope to contribute to future climate change policy and solution-making between the two nations.”
About the Marshall Scholarship
The Marshall Scholar program is a postgraduate opportunity funded by the British government for intellectually distinguished young Americans to study abroad at a university in the United Kingdom, in any field of study. The goal of the program is to strengthen the relationship between the two countries for the good of mankind.
To learn more about the Marshall Scholarship, visit https://www.marshallscholarship.org/.