Maggie Hilderbran

Carolina Day alumna Maggie Hilderbran ’15 is one of 40 U.S. students to receive a 2019 Marshall Scholarship, and is one of only 32 recipients of the Two Year Marshall Scholarship.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Hilderbran was selected from more than 1,000 other applicants in the nation.

Hilderbran, 22, is currently attending UNC-Chapel Hill and is scheduled to graduate with a double major in physics and religious studies, along with a minor in history.

While in England, Hilderbran plans to pursue two master’s of science degrees, one in science and religion at the University of Edinburgh and another in space exploration systems at the University of Leicester. Professionally, she aspires to perform astrophysics research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where she has twice served as an intern.

In an announcement released by UNC, Hilderbran said, “I’m honored to have been selected for a Marshall Scholarship. It’s thrilling to know that for the next two years I’ll have the opportunity to dig deeper into my fields of study, work closely with others who share my academic interests, and experience Scottish and English culture. I especially appreciate the support I’ve received from my professors and from the Office of Distinguished Scholarships, which helped me realize this dream. I’m excited to have the honor of representing Carolina in the UK for the next two years.”

In her time at Carolina Day School, Hilderbran demonstrated tremendous academic potential and a dedication to service that reflects Carolina Day School’s core beliefs. A student at CDS from Pre-K through Grade 12, she received many honors during her academic journey. Highlights include earning in 2003 a top composite score of 36 on an ACT test—a perfect ACT score—and in 2012 being named a semifinalist for UNC’s Morehead-Cain scholarship.

Maggie Hilderbran is the daughter of Gregory and Carole Hilderbran. Her brother, Scott Hilderbran is also a CDS alum (Class of 2017).

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