Congratulations to 2016–17 Luce Scholar Kaytie Nielsen who was recently awarded a Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate study in the UK. Nielsen, a Carnegie Mellon University alumna, is a filmmaker who spent her Luce Year in India at a production company. Her work included shooting videos that advocated for policy action against Delhi’s deadly pollution levels.
Kaytie Nielsen, an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University and international filmmaker, is adding to her impressive list of credits. The 2016 graduate is the fourth CMU student to earn the highly selective international Marshall Scholarship, which funds up to two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom.
Nielsen, who earned her bachelor's degree in humanities and arts with concentrations in creative writing and drama, plans to study screenwriting at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield or the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. The award covers a year of university fees, tuition, books, a thesis grant, research and daily travel, including airfares.
"I hope this experience will teach me what I bring to the table as a storyteller that may be unique from other writers," Nielsen said. "I want to know what my strengths and weaknesses are, and become more confident in going after the stories that may seem too ambitious."