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Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2002

IU student awarded prestigious Mellon Fellowship


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University senior Michael R. Marlo of Greenwood, Ind., has been awarded a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.

The Mellon Fellowships, announced by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, are considered the leading national award for graduate studies in the humanities. The fellowships are awarded to college graduates of "outstanding promise" to encourage doctoral studies in humanistic fields. Funding for them is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of Princeton, N.J.

Marlo, who graduated with honors from IU on May 4 with a bachelor's degree in linguistics and French, will receive financial support for his first year of study in the doctoral program at the University of Michigan, plus a stipend of $17,500. He and the other fellowship winners were selected from among 753 applicants graduating from a wide variety of American universities.

While at IU, Marlo was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement Award and the Most Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Linguistics. He also was a 2000-01 and 2001-02 recipient of the Palmer-Brandon Prize from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Marlo spent his junior year studying French and linguistics at Aix-En-Provence in France. He completed most of the master's-level courses in linguistics as an undergraduate at IU. He has a five-year fellowship covering tuition, fees and living expenses from the University of Michigan, where he will pursue a Ph.D. in linguistics.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation designs and operates a variety of programs to encourage excellence in American education, including offering graduate and postgraduate fellowships, improving the status and representation of minority groups and women at all levels of education, and fostering the professional development of teachers. More information about the Mellon Fellowship and the other Wilson Fellowship Foundation programs is available at

Hometown information: Michael Marlo is the son of Michael L. and Chere Marlo of 295 N. Windmill Trail, Greenwood, Ind.