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Student selected for second cohort of Voyager Scholarship

Stephanie Schupska

Julianna Russ of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, a third-year student at the University of Georgia, is one of 100 college students from across the nation to be selected for the second cohort of the Voyager Scholarship, the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service.

Established in 2021 by the Obama Foundation and Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, the Voyager Scholarship is a two-year program for students in their junior and senior years of college from across the U.S. who are committed to pursuing careers that serve the public and their communities.

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The second cohort of 100 Voyager recipients represents 33 states and territories and 74 colleges and universities. Russ is UGA’s second Voyager Scholarship recipient.

“The Voyager Scholarship is the perfect fit for Julianna as she puts service and research into action,” said Meg Amstutz, dean of the Morehead Honors College. “We are so proud of her and look forward to seeing how her involvement on the global stage influences changes for the better.”

An Honors student and Foundation Fellow in the Morehead Honors College, Russ is majoring in journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, and comparative literature and intercultural studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She is minoring in African languages and literature and working toward a certificate in sports media.

“I’m concerned about media freedom and its struggle to endure,” Russ explained in her Voyager summary. “I’d like to conduct an independent research project assessing media censorship and its relationship to state violence, demonstrating a need for stronger press protections globally.”

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