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Franklin student Mariah Cady named Rhodes Scholar

Alan Flurry

UGA Russian and International Affairs major Mariah Cady, with minors in geography and German, has been named a 2024 Rhodes Scholar. The oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world, the Rhodes Scholarship allows winners to pursue courses of study as graduate students at the University of Oxford. Cady's Franklin connections run deep and also include the Institute for Native American Studies and the department of linguistics. Her accomplishment resonates broadly across our college:

Cady, a 2023 Boren Scholar from Midland, is a senior in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and School of Public and International Affairs, majoring in Russian and international affairs with minors in geography, German, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

“This remarkable honor is recognition of Mariah’s exceptional achievements as an undergraduate and a reflection of the excellence of UGA’s academic programs,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I am particularly thankful for the faculty and staff of the Morehead Honors College and those across campus who have supported Mariah on her academic journey.”

At the University of Oxford, Cady plans to pursue two master’s degrees: the first in linguistics, philology and phonetics and the second in refugee and forced migration studies. She would like to specialize in Indo-European languages and deepen her studies in Arabic, Turkish and Greek. She plans to engage in critical reflection on the ways in which governments can enhance refugee resettlement policies. As she prepares for a career in diplomacy, she said, undergraduate degrees in Russian and international affairs and studies of eight languages—German, Russian, Lakota, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, Greek, Turkish and Kazakh—have provided her with a dual foundation in cross-linguistic communication and human security studies.

A student in the UGA Russian Flagship Program, Cady is currently studying in Kazakhstan at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University as a Boren Scholar. From April to September, she studied at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany on an international student exchange.

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