Former STHS student earns Marshall Scholarship
With several friends waiting for Joshua Goldman to get dressed for a Christmas party, the phone rang. The person on the other end of the line was Meena Sudd from the British Consulate-General’s office in San Francisco.
Sudd called the Cornell University senior to tell him he was one out of 40 college students in the nation to win the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Goldman, elated, continued to tie his tie for a Christmas dinner party at his fraternity and study for finals the following day.
It was business as usual for the South Lake Tahoe High School alumnus.
Goldman, a 1998 graduate and valedictorian of South Lake Tahoe High School, will study at Cambridge University in England for one year and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the following year to continue his education in physics. The Marshall Scholarship, worth $50,000 over two years, allows students to study at any two universities in the United Kingdom. The scholarship started in 1953 as a gesture of thanks for American support during World War II.
Previous Marshall scholars include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Freidman and the dean of Stanford Law School, Kathleen Sullivan.
Goldman’s quest for the scholarship began when he applied for a Cornell endorsement. A panel of six professors interviewed Goldman, granted the endorsement and sent it to the British Consulate-General’s office in San Francisco.
Being selected for an interview, Goldman was flown out to San Francisco for a half-hour grilling session in the consulate-general’s home.
Goldman said the house didn’t remind him of Britain, but he did have a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
“We talked about scientific ethics, Sept. 11, the aftermath, moral philosophy. … Pretty much the range of things they can ask you is pretty endless.”
Goldman said he is looking forward to the people and history in the United Kingdom yet is hesitant about the food.
Lake Tahoe has made an impression on him, but Goldman is interested in physical science, an area of study that isn’t readily found in the region.
“Lake Tahoe has a lot of natural opportunities and not as many cultural opportunities, so I always wanted to seek more things,” he said.
Harriet Goldman, Joshua’s mother, said her son has always been curious.
“I think from a very young age he loved books,” she said. “As a baby he would go to bed with a stack of books next to him. He would open the books and say ‘read’ over and over.”
One person who knows Goldman is Ivone Larson. When Goldman attended South Tahoe High School, Larson was head of the Advancement Via Individual Determination program.
The program is supposed to have college students tutor under-represented and under-served high school students. Without a university at South Lake Tahoe, Larson turned to intelligent high school students.
Goldman became a tutor. The AVID program at South Tahoe High School became a National Demonstration Site for its quality.
“One of the reasons it’s a demonstration site is because of Josh,” Larson said.
Larson also remembered Goldman’s car during high school.
“I couldn’t believe it was drivable,” she said. “It was this piece of you-know-what. He would help my students and drive them home.
“There isn’t a subject he doesn’t excel in, yet he’s gracious, humble and kind. He’s one of the students I will never forget.”
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