North Shore Country Day alumnus John McHugh is one of 46 Americans to receive a 2021 Marshall Scholarship. The winners, considered to be among the best and brightest university students and recent graduates in the United States, were chosen following a rigorous selection process and will begin graduate studies at many of the United Kingdom’s top academic institutions beginning in September 2021. 

“I am so honored to have received this award,” John said. “It is a dream come true, made possible by the many teachers—especially my parents—who have encouraged and guided me throughout my education.”

John graduated in 2014 from NSCD, where his parents have been on the faculty for 27 years. His father, Patrick McHugh, is the athletic director, and his mother, Kathy McHugh, teaches English at the school. After NSCD, John attended Indiana University, where he majored in East Asian languages and cultures. Since graduating college in 2018, he has worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.—the No. 1 think tank in the United States—and is currently a research associate at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Through this scholarship, John plans to study technology policy, international political economy and China studies at the University of Oxford in England.

About the Marshall Scholarship
Named for U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarship Program began in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude to the people of the United States for the assistance that the U.K. received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Since that time, it has remained uniquely positioned among national scholarships for its prestige and scope: offering talented young Americans the chance to study any academic subject at U.K. universities of their choice for up to three years. This has given rise to an unprecedented breadth of expertise in almost every academic field, producing numerous university presidents, six Pulitzer Prize winners, one Nobel Laureate, 14 MacArthur Fellows, two Academy Award nominees, two Supreme Court Justices and a NASA astronaut. For more information about the scholarship and a list of notable winners, visit  

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