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Two researchers, Theo O’Neill, left, and Zhiwen Xu, have received Goldwater Scholarships to further pursue their work.


Two graduating students, Abeba Amenshowa and Leigh Mante, are en route from the University of Virginia to diplomatic careers as Payne Fellows. The fellowship provides up to $104,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships and professional development activities.


The Rangel Fellowship supports those who want to pursue a career in the foreign service of the U.S. Department of State.


Nicholas Keeley, Lisette Dubow and Christopher Benos will study global affairs as Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing next year.


Four University of Virginia engineering graduate students will delve into policy issues this fall through the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program.


Engineer Anna Cerf will continue her research in urban water management, waste management, hydrochemistry and environmental microbiology as a Rotary Scholar in Germany.


Amayr Babar (left) and Ali Houssain Sareini are recipients of the Davis Project for Peace award, created by philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis and maintained in her memory. Davis created the award to encourage student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation. The grant provides up to $10,000 in project funding.


Jacob Bushey seeks to answer the question of how plants influence, and are influenced by, the changing climate.


Three UVA students, Kimberly Sharp, Adela Novak and Autumn Harris, will study languages and cultures overseas this year as Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars.


Spencer Goldberg hopes to engage with his virtual cohort, students and recent graduates from a variety of countries.


UVA’s newest Knight-Hennessy Scholars, Aditya Narayan, left, plans to combine his interests in medicine and education, and Jill Ferguson is seeking to turn utilities into engines for economic development. 


Aldo Barriente will continue his studies in the Mayan language as the University of Virginia’s seventh Beinecke Scholar.


In 2020, 17 UVA alumni and graduates were offered Fulbright awards for the 2020-21 school year, earning the University a spot on the Fulbright top-producers list for the fourth straight year, as published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. 


After a stint in the Peace Corps, Sandra Adounvo will use a Payne Fellowship to further pursue her dream of promoting international public health.


Liu said the Truman award will allow him to pursue a graduate program in social administration and policy, with a focus on community organizing and development.


Baban – who received a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2020 and is currently a Master of Fine Arts student in in the University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program in poetry – was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a merit-based award to support graduate study for immigrants and children of immigrants.


Jenna Wichterman will study Mandarin and explore China as a Schwarzman Scholar. 


Avital Balwit plans to study at the Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Priorities Institute at the University of Oxford.


Five students received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad and a sixth was named a Gilman-McCain Scholar. Gilman Scholarships, available to students who receive Pell Grants, provide funding for overseas research, while the Gilman-McCain Scholarship is for students who are dependents of an active-duty member of the military. 


Neely Egan, a recent UVA graduate with a degree in political and social thought, is one of only three MENAR Fellows selected this year from across the country.