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Two Georgia students are now part of an elite class- of 32 students worldwide as they were named 2024 Rhodes Scholars this week.

Two Georgia students are now part of an elite class- of 32 students worldwide as they were named 2024 Rhodes Scholars this week. University of Georgia student Mariah Cady and Agnes Scott student Madison Jennings will study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, joining a class from 64 countries worldwide.

Mariah Cady, a senior from Midland, Georgia, is a Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and School of Public and International Affairs student at the University of Georgia in Athens.  Cady is majoring in Russian and international affairs with minors in geography and German and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). A UGA Russian Flagship Program student, Cady is currently studying in Kazakhstan at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University as a Boren Scholar.

“We are extraordinarily proud that Mariah has joined the long and distinguished list of University of Georgia students who have been honored as Rhodes Scholars. I am confident that Mariah will make significant contributions to the world through her academic and professional pursuits,” said Jere W. Morehead, President of the UGA.

Madison Jennings, a senior from Savannah, Georgia, is majoring in political science and minoring in religious studies with a Global Learning Specialization at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. She is president of the Agnes Scott Pre-law Society and an intern at The Carter Center, where she has worked on issues ranging from supporting women’s education and activism in Liberia to identifying support for policing alternatives in Georgia. As a Duke PreLaw Fellow, she developed a passion for international law and policy. Jennings is also classically trained in ballet and has led three ballet productions.

“We are extremely proud of Madison and the outstanding work she has done in the classroom and in the community. At Agnes Scott, we focus on educating our students to be global citizens and inclusive leaders. Madison is a true example of both. We know that she will continue to lead and to make a difference today and tomorrow,” said Leocadia I. Zak, president of Agnes Scott College. 

While at the University of Oxford, Cady plans to pursue two master’s degrees in the United Kingdom: the first in linguistics, philology, and phonetics and the second in refugee and forced migration studies, while Jennings will pursue a Master of Public Policy and an MSc in Public Policy Research.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the world’s oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award. The 2024 Rhodes Scholars will begin their various courses of study as graduate students at the University of Oxford in October.

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