Georgetown Graduate, Violinist Wins Rhodes Scholarship

November 21, 2015 – Hannah Schneider, a 2015 graduate of Georgetown, has won a Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Schneider, 23, of Hamden, Connecticut, plans to study at Oxford for a two-year master’s of philosophy degree in music, specializing in composition.

She is one of only 32 Americans to receive the 2016 prestigious scholarship.

 An accomplished violinist, she launched a recording project to scout talent in the volatile North Caucasus region while still a student at Georgetown.

A Russian major at Georgetown, she also served as editor-in-chief of Utraque Unum, the university’s undergraduate research journal. She is also an alumna of the Carroll Fellows program and received a 1789 Scholarship through the Georgetown Scholarship Program.

Schneider is now director of special projects for the Mariinsky Foundation of America, for which she recently produced two concerts at Carnegie Hall. She also serves as an assistant to Russian conductor Valery Gergiev.

"Hannah's selection as a Rhodes Scholar reflects the extraordinary dedication, passion and vision that she brings to her work," said Georgetown President John. J. DeGioia. "She has made lasting and unique contributions in communities across the world--including right here on our campus--and we are proud to call her an alumna of Georgetown."

English professor John Glavin, Georgetown’s fellowship secretary, wrote in the university’s recommendation that he admires Schneider’s “distinctive combination of intellectual acumen and intrepid bravado.”

Georgetown has now produced 24 Rhodes scholars, including President Bill Clinton (SFS’68).