GREEN RIVER — Green River native Gregory Marchal has been named Michigan State University’s (MSU) 17th Truman Scholar.
Marchal is one of 62 students from 51 United States colleges and universities to be selected as scholars.
“I am really proud to be a Truman Scholar because there are a lot of people who have invested in me over the past few years. I have been very lucky to have had fantastic mentorship while in high school in Green River and in college at Michigan State,” Marchal said. “I would not be where I am without them, so I take great pride in making the most of the help I have received.”
The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to affecting change through public service by providing them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students.
According to the Foundation, they reviewed 845 files from 328 institutions, of which students were nominated by their institution based on their records of leadership, public service, and academic achievement.
Marchal is pursuing a major in economics and minors in math and data analytics at MSU.
“In the future, I want to be an economist and leader for the Federal Reserve, helping to craft equitable monetary policy,” he said.
Being named a Truman Scholar will not only help Marchal advance his education as he applies for graduate programs, but it will help him make important connections in his chosen career field.
“This honor, on the surface, will help me get admitted to and attend high-level economics graduate programs. However, it goes much deeper than that,” Marchal said. “I will be connected with a network of experts and leaders in public policy and economics. This network will help me develop into someone who can trigger major change in how economic policy is conducted.”
This prestigious honor is just one of many that have been bestowed upon Marchal throughout his academic career. He was also awarded the Starr Scholarship, which is a full-ride scholarship to MSU specifically for students from Wyoming.
“I would encourage all Sweetwater County high school students to consider applying for this scholarship as it has played a crucial role in me becoming a Truman Scholar,” Marchal said.
Additionally, Marchal earned the Gold Congressional Award in high school for a commitment to public service, among other things.
“This program is exceptional in instilling the values required to be a leader and public servant, so Sweetwater County youth over age 13 should consider participating,” he said.
During his time at MSU, he has also earned himself a couple of academic awards.
“I recently won a presentation award at the Midwest Research Graduate Symposium for my research on vaccine hesitancy with Dr. Mariah Ehmke (from the University of wyoming and Alexander Marchal, a PhD student at Purdue,” he said.
He is also a leader in the MSU Fed Challenge team.
“We competed in an academic competition testing monetary policy knowledge, and our policy proposal to promote racial equality in monetary policy helped us finish fourth nationally,” he said.
According to Marchal, that fourth-place finish is MSU’s best-ever performance.
Throughout Marchal’s extensive list of accomplishments, his family has always been there to support him. He gives them an immense amount of credit for helping him get to where he is. Simply put, Marchal believes he would not have achieved near as much without the championing his family provides him.
“Without the incredible support of my parents and my brothers, I would not be where I am,” he said.