Ed and Libby Harshfield Scholar

The Ed and Libby Harshfield Scholarship offers selected cadet scholars the opportunity to attend an Academic Individual Advanced Development experience aimed at exposing them to critical issues of modern war, especially asymmetric warfare and America’s cooperation with allies in the volatile Middle East. Through a short-term assignment to either a combat unit, intelligence organization, or similar entity, selected applicants for this competitive scholarship earn invaluable experience to strengthen them as future leaders on the modern battlefield.

The first Ed and Libby Harshfield Scholar was selected in 2017. Cadet Max Liles was awarded the scholarship and traveled to Germany to work with a team from the Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group. While there, he earned firsthand experience as the team worked to evaluate and refine emerging warfighting concepts for the Army.

Lt. Col. Harry A. and Ann Floyd Scholar

The Lt. Col. Harry A. and Ann Floyd Scholarship offers selected cadet scholars the chance to conduct field research in a region of the world that has experienced recent conflict. By developing a firsthand understanding of the drivers of those conflicts, examining the strategies and tactics employed, and investigating the wars’ unique characteristics and complexities, selected cadet scholars will be given a distinctive professional development opportunity to become successful leaders in future wars.

The first Lt. Col. Harry A. and Ann Floyd Scholar will be selected in 2018.

Modern War Institute Cadet Scholars

The Modern War Institute Cadet Scholars program recognizes cadets who have made significant contributions to the study of modern war. Selected cadets have demonstrated advanced research capabilities, professional interest, and a desire to advance the Army’s understanding of the contemporary battlefield.

Cadet Garrett Dunn was selected as an MWI Cadet Scholar for his contributions during a Contemporary Battlefield Assessment research trip to the Republic of Georgia. Along with a small group of other cadets and MWI faculty, he studied the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, meeting with Georgian military and political officials, gathering firsthand accounts of the conflict from participants, and accompanying EU monitors working along the boundary with Russian-occupied South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Cadet Jonathan Bishop was named an MWI Cadet Scholar in recognition of his performance during a Contemporary Battlefield Assessment research trip to Sri Lanka. During the trip, along with MWI faculty and several other cadets, he had the opportunity to study battlefield terrain and speak to participants on both sides of the long-running civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to help elicit lessons on modern insurgencies and counterinsurgencies.

Cadet Emma Davenport was selected as an MWI Cadet Scholar for the role she played in a Contemporary Battlefield Assessment research trip to Sri Lanka. During that trip, she, she worked alongside MWI faculty and a select group of cadets, helping to develop an in-depth study of the counterinsurgency methods employed by the government of Sri Lanka against insurgents of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Her work made an important contribution to a report that identified conclusions relevant to insurgencies and the modern battlefield.

Marshall Scholar

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

2nd Lt. Sam Ruppert, a Defense and Strategic Studies major in the West Point Class of 2017, was selected as a 2017 Marshall Scholar and will pursue an MA in War Studies at King’s College London.