Yale Student Andrew Klaber Wins Marshall Scholarship for Study at Oxford

Yale College senior Andrew Klaber, of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford.

Andrew Klaber, Marshall Scholarship Winner and Yale College senior

Klaber is the undergraduate president of the Yale Phi Beta Kappa chapter. In his freshman year, Klaber received an Environmental Protection Agency Youth Award for a program he had initiated while still in high school. After successfully launching the program for his school and other schools in the Chicago region to purchase recycled paper, Klaber established the Recycled Paper Procurement Initiative and website (buyrecycledpaper.hypermart.net), which offers students guidelines for setting up similar recycling programs in their schools.

Klaber twice received Morris K. Udall scholarships (2002 and 2003) for his contribution to the environment, and in 2002 he also was awarded a Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Scholarship.

In his junior year, he received a coveted Truman Scholarship to pursue graduate studies leading to a profession in public service. Also in his junior year, he was named to the USA Today 2003 All-USA College Academic First Team. At Yale he won the John C. Schroeder award for altruistic work.

During each academic year at Yale, where he has a double major in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and International Studies, Klaber has exhibited unusual leadership skills and a deep commitment to serving the public. A member of the Yale Varsity Lightweight Crew (which won the 2002 National Champions), Klaber helped set up the Yale New Haven Community Rowing Initiative, which offers inner-city students an opportunity to learn a sport that is not traditionally accessible to them. Reflecting his belief that private wealth can most effectively achieve public good, he initiated the Little Economists Program, which advocates the value of an entrepreneurial education to underprivileged youths. He is a founding member and past editor of the Yale Politic, an undergraduate journal of politics.

During the summer of 2001, he participated in the Habitat for Humanity Bicycle Challenge, helping to earn the organization $250,000 by biking 4,200 miles, from New Haven to San Francisco. In the summer of 2002, while serving an internship at Goldman Sachs as part of his leadership award, he worked at the United Nations conducting research on children orphaned by AIDS. This led to his founding Orphans Against AIDS www.orphansagainstaids.com, a non-profit organization that helps to educate children orphaned by the epidemic in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand – an area he had visited on a Tristan Perlroth Prize for Summer Foreign Travel grant.

Because of his work in the field, Klaber was recently appointed to the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Orphaned and Vulnerable Children.

“No individual can win a fellowship like the Marshall,” Klaber contends, giving credit for the award to the encouragement and support of friends, team-members, faculty and advisors at Yale. Most of all, he says, he is grateful to his parents, Mona and Stephen Klaber. “They have helped my effort since the moment I was born,” he noted. He learned dedication to public service, he says, by their example.

Klaber will use his Marshall scholarship to earn a master’s degree in Development Studies, a discipline, he explains, that “examines countries on the periphery of the world economy.”

Convinced that the alignment of the private and public sectors of the economy is the key to alleviating world poverty, Klaber intends eventually to work for a non-profit organization, representing the force of that alignment.

The Marshall Scholarships were established in 1953 as a British gesture of thanks to the United States for the assistance received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Financed by the British government, the highly competitive scholarships provide an opportunity for American students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership to continue their studies for two to three years at a British university.

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