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UB senior receives prestigious Marshall Scholarship

UB senior economics major Sean Kaczmarek has been chosen to receive a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most selective graduate fellowships available to American undergraduates and an honor many consider the country’s most prestigious scholarships. He most likely will study at Oxford University. Kaczmarek is the second UB student selected as a Marshall Scholar in the past three years. He joins the ranks of other Marshall Scholarship winners who have included prominent CEOs, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress and the U.S. Cabinet, university presidents, and Pulitzer Prize- winning authors.

Kaczmarek has been a teaching assistant in the Department of Economics; the youngest person ever elected to the Cheektowaga- Sloan Board of Education; a member of the New York State executive board for College Democrats of New York, serving as political director of the Western New York region; and has interned for the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), a UB-led program to improve science education in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Kaczmarek has a particular interest in finding ways to make a more equitable system of public education. “It’s an amazing opportunity,” he says. “I still can’t believe I have it. To study policy issues in a world-class university with world-class scholars is the opportunity of a lifetime.” The son of Thomas and Mary Kaczmarek, two U.S. Postal Service workers, and grandson of a steel mill employee, Kaczmarek comes from a family he says was “relegated to the Old First Ward in Buffalo, a neighborhood meant for poor immigrants.” Education, he says, was a way he could prove himself.