Hannah Schneider Recipient of 2016 Rhodes Scholarship

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Hannah Schneider

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Hannah Schneider, a recent graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. has been awarded a Rhodes scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England. 

She is fluent in Russian with advanced proficiency in Chinese and Hebrew.  Schneider's thesis was titled “Heroes and Villains in Putin's Russia” and is a distinguished violinist and an aspiring conductor, according to the Rhodes Trust. 

 The Hamden, Connecticut native graduated this year summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a major in Russian.  She won a Georgetown prize for work on the frontier of social justice and was endorsed by Carnegie Hall for developing and running a project working with musicians in the Caucasus region of Russia. 

 "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."

Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust announced the 32 award recipients on Saturday.  He referred to the award as, “the oldest and best known award for international study and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates.”

The 23-year-old, violinist and conductor's future plans include completing a Masters in philosophy at Oxford specializing in composition.  Schnieder is one of 32 students awarded the Rhodes for 2016.  Another notable Georgetown winner is former President Bill Clinton.  


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