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Manchester Resident Awarded Scholarship at Saint Anselm College

MANCHESTER, N.H. (November 8, 2021) – Jasmine Marshall, a junior at Saint Anselm College, has been selected as the first recipient of the Ernie Thorne ’34 Scholarship for Racial Equity, an award honoring the legacy of the first Black graduate of Saint Anselm College.

A politics major, Marshall works full time at Wholefoods Market and part-time at No Labels Youth Congress to completely self-fund her education and hopes to attend law school and become a criminal defense attorney. “It is a great honor to be the first person awarded this scholarship,” says Marshall. “This award will help me focus more on my studies, become more involved on campus, and work fewer hours.”

The Ernie Thorne ’34 Scholarship for Racial Equity was the idea of two alumni, Denis Lynch and Keith Wooley, in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Ernie Louis Thorne graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1934, becoming the first Black Anselmian alumnus. While on campus, Thorne was a member of Delta Sigma Mu, serving as the secretary and vice president, and worked as a reporter and contributing editor for “The Tower” newspaper. After graduation, Thorne continued to live and work in Manchester for the rest of his life where he was a well-known member of the community. Thorne passed away in 1995 at the age of 85.

ABOUT SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE: Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a highly successful nursing program, a legacy of community service and a commitment to the arts.


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Jasmine Marshall