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News - July 22, 2022

Around Town

HATS OFF TO THE GRADUATE ... East Palo Alto City Council member Antonio Lopez graduated from Oxford University on July 16 through the Marshall Scholarship, which allows Americans to study at any United Kingdom university after receiving an undergraduate degree. Lopez is one of 43 recipients of the Marshall Scholarship established by the British government. The scholarship is named after George Marshall, who pioneered the Marshall plan, a U.S. program that funded the rebuilding of western Europe after World War II. While Lopez completed his master's in philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford's Balliol College in 2020, he was not able to participate in a degree ceremony until this year due to the pandemic. "Today, I honor the labor of not just my immediate family but also my wider East Palo Alto family, who nurtured me and my pursuit for higher education. I carried our stories of struggle and resilience every single day during my time in Oxford," Lopez said in a press release. He said that his time at Oxford also pushed him to give back to the community that helped him so much. "If you have the desire to make an impact, no matter what your age, you can do that," said Lopez, who added that he felt inspired to pursue a career in public service by his peers at Oxford. "I felt very encouraged being in that environment."

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