Latest News: Kevan Shah ’22 Named Rhodes, Marshall Scholar Finalist

Kivan Shah 22 Eye of Rhodes, Final Marshall Candidate

The awards, which are among the most distinguished and prestigious alumni fellowships, are among the many awards that the Shah has been nominated for in recent years.

Written by: Bill Keeler
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:54 AM


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Kivan Shah 22 speaking to the audience at the launch of “Without Borders: The Muhlenberg Campaign”. Photography by Kristi Morris, Littlewing Photography.

Shah spent most of his time in Muhlenberg as an agent of change for the local and regional community. His work as a Dana researcher and public health researcher with aspirations to medical school has shaped his view that no one can be the answer to persistent societal problems. But by working together, as Shah did with volunteers in and outside Muhlenberg when he founded the nonprofit End Overdose Togethercommunity can work together to make lasting change.

In 2020, Shah worked with Associate Professor and Director of Public Health Krissan Cronin to apply for and secure a $100,000 grant. That would support training for Muhlenberg students and community members to administer naloxone, an emergency nasal spray that can reverse the life-threatening symptoms of an opioid overdose. In the past two years since the grant was awarded, more than 2,000 individuals and 500 organizations have received this important training.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most prestigious international fellowship. Rhodes Scholars are selected based on their exceptional scholarship, commitment to their communities and leadership potential. The International Postgraduate Award provides support for recipients to study at the University of Oxford.

The Marshall Scholarship gives an American student the opportunity to study after graduation at any university in the UK. The program was founded in 1953 as a sign of gratitude and appreciation to former Secretary of State George C. Marshall and the economic recovery plan he advocated for rebuilding Western Europe after World War II.

“I am excited about the doors that have opened during my time at Muhlenberg and the many more that can open through these scholarships, Shah says. Not only does it provide an opportunity to really get away for a year or more to understand some of our most pressing problems in a global context, but it also offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture.”

“Kevan is an exceptionally talented student who recognized the potential at Muhlenberg to initiate change, not only on campus, but in our broader community,” says Michelle Deegan, Dean of Academic Life. With the help of a faculty member and community liaison, Kevan was able to turn a class-based research project into a successful grant and nonprofit organization. Kevan’s passion for tackling the opioid epidemic led him to realize the need for him to attend a graduate program that will help develop his leadership skills further so that he can more effectively influence this crisis. His successful applications to several graduate awards indicate his diligence and commitment to a career focused on tackling this great public problem.”

Shah was also recently named a finalist for the Schwarzman Scholar Award and was nominated for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The Schwarzman Program is awarded to research students from around the world and includes a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The Academic and Cultural Immersion Program is among the most selective graduate fellowship programs in the world. Founded in the year 2000, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship is awarded to outstanding postgraduate students to study at the University of Cambridge; Successful applicants must demonstrate scholarship and intellectual ability, a commitment to improving the lives of those in their community and beyond and a high degree of leadership potential.

Earlier this year, Shah was named a Goldwater researcher And fellow Newman Civic. He was also one of the finalists for Truman Scholar, one of only 193 students selected for their commitment to public service and civic scholarships.


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