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Myya Helm, from West Union, appointed Marshall Fellow 2021, will study in Wales. (Photo provided)

MORGANTOWN – A West Union student has been named the 2021 Marshall Fellow at West Virginia University.

Myya Helm will have the opportunity to study in the UK for a graduate degree for two fully funded years. She is the fourth WVU student to be named a Marshall Fellow.

She was one of 41 students selected this year from over 1,000 applications from undergraduate students representing institutions across the United States.

“I feel so strong and empowered to have had this opportunity not only to be able to study abroad in the UK but also to be able to study something that is so important to my identity and my community. “ Helm said. “I really want to thank my mentors from the University of West Virginia and the surrounding community who have helped me find who I am as a person and what I want to do with my life and have helped me really refining my passions and being able to keep doing what i know i’m supposed to do.

In the fall of 2022, Helm will begin a two-year Masters in Research Philosophy program at Cardiff University, studying history with an emphasis on the Welsh history of black working-class coal miners.

Myya Helm, from West Union, appointed Marshall Fellow 2021, will study in Wales. (Photo provided)

An Honors College elder at Doddridge County High School Helm said the subject resonated with her is that she had family members who worked in the coal mines. She said it’s important to understand history to build the future.

“I think analyzing history allows us to understand how society behaves, providing the data necessary to create beneficial policy change for the future,” Helm said. “For this reason, I want to study black history in its own right and document and share the experience of black people critically, whether in West Virginia or Wales, to find out what members of the black community did and thought for themselves. “

A double major in political science and international studies with a minor in Arabic studies, Helm’s academic background has focused on his community, international studies and social justice.

She interned at the US Department of State, represented WVU on its United Nations team, worked as a West Virginia State Legislative Intern, and is a member of the West Virginia Black Heritage Board of Trustees. Festival. She works for the WVU LGBTQ + Center as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

After graduation, Helm plans to return to the United States to earn his masters and doctorate degrees in sociology from Howard University. Helm is also a Gilman International Fellow and Eberly Fellow in Arts and Sciences and was awarded a Boren Fellowship to study Arabic in Jordan.

“There aren’t enough honorary titles to describe Myya and the work she’s undertaken on her campus, her local and national communities. She has always been shown to be a proven agent of change and is a true inspiration to all students, but especially to first-generation West Virgins, ” Eric Myers, ASPIRE Office program coordinator, said.

The Marshall Scholarship was created by an Act of Parliament to honor US Secretary of State George Marshall, the architect of the reconstruction of Western Europe after World War II. The UK government primarily funds the program, but also enjoys support from major academic institutions across the country.

The scholarship enables intellectually distinguished young Americans to pursue graduate studies at any university of their choice in the UK.

“Marshall Fellows continue to represent the best of American society, from their ingenuity and creativity to their commitment to public service,” said Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States. “For decades the scholarship has played an important role in supporting young future leaders like these and I am delighted that they are continuing their development in some of the best universities in the UK.”

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