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Category: University News

Title: Georgetown Students, Alumni Win Record Number of Fellowships in 2023

Three Hoyas were awarded the Rhodes Scholarship — the first time in nearly 30 years that three scholars have been selected in the same year at Georgetown. And five Georgetown students and alumni won the Marshall Scholarship, joining a small cadre of only Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University as institutions that have produced five or more Marshall scholars in any given year.

“We are incredibly proud of the record-breaking year Georgetown students and alumni have had in earning these prestigious fellowships,” said Lauren Tuckley, director of the Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF).

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most competitive international scholarship. The scholarship selects promising young people from around the world who demonstrate integrity, leadership, character, intellect and a commitment to service to study at the University of Oxford.

Throughout Georgetown’s history, more than 30 Hoyas have received the coveted scholarship, including last year’s two recipients, Atharv Gupta (SFS’23) and Isabella Turilli (SFS’22), and former President Bill Clinton (SFS’68).

Founded as a scholarship program to strengthen the relationship between the British and American peoples, the Marshall Scholarship selects outstanding American scholars to pursue their graduate studies in the United Kingdom. The five Marshall Scholars mark the most Georgetown has ever produced in a single year. 

Two other members of the Georgetown community were selected as Schwarzman Scholars. The scholarship program selects future leaders for a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing in an effort to foster greater understanding between China and the world. Two alumni, including one of this year’s Rhodes winners, were also 2023 Schwarzman Scholars.

Every year, candidates for these prestigious fellowships work closely with CRF to support their applications. The staff at CRF provide guidance for the candidates on their Rhodes and Marshall applications, prepare them for their interviews and shepherd them through the entire application process, a process that can take nearly a year from start to finish.

“The achievements of our students and alumni are a testament to the rigorous education and formation we provide here at Georgetown, and I’m confident that their studies abroad will empower them to be even better people for others,” Tuckley said.

Learn more about this year’s Rhodes and Marshall Scholars from Georgetown below.

Rhodes Scholars

  • Thomas Batterman (C’22), a war crimes researcher at the Department of Justice who made new discoveries about a medieval plague while at Georgetown, and who will pursue graduate degrees in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and the History of War
  • Charlie Wang (SFS’22), a technology policy researcher and Schwarzman Scholar who will pursue a Ph.D. in information, communication and the social sciences
  • Asma Shakeel (SFS’24), an aspiring historian who will pursue a master’s in global and imperial history and a Ph.D. in history to study the history of British missionaries in Kashmir

Marshall Scholars

  • Adrian Ali-Caccamo (SFS’24), an advocate for greater equity in education who plans to pursue master’s degrees in comparative education and education, public policy and equity
  • Hari Choudhari (SFS’24), who spent time peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and plans to earn graduate degrees in conflict transformation and social justice, and global leadership and peacebuilding
  • Naomi Greenberg (C’24), a genetics researcher who aims to foster dialogue between scientists and non-scientists and plans to pursue master’s degrees in systems and synthetic biology and science communication and public engagement 
  • Michael Lundgren (SFS’22), an advocate for greater accessibility in early childhood education who intends to pursue master’s degrees in education focusing on child development and in education, public policy and equity
  • Anya Wahal (SFS’23), an Arizona native who studies how water shortages affect rural farmers and plans to pursue a master’s degree in water science, policy and management