UVA Center for Politics Announces 2021 Class of 22nd Century Scholars

UVA Center for Politics Announces 2021 Class of 22nd Century Scholars

Students Will Gain Public Sector Work Experience and Engage in Real World International Diplomacy; UVA Alumni Will Serve as Career Mentors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va – The University of Virginia Center for Politics in partnership with the Miller Center, Weldon Cooper Center/Sorensen Institute, Democracy Initiative, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy have selected 50 students for the second annual 22nd Century Scholars scholarship program set to launch July 1 and continue through Aug. 6.

The 22nd Century Scholars (open to rising second, third, and fourth-year students at UVA and UVA Wise) were selected by application and will participate in a multi-faceted summer internship with the participating partners. The program is designed to be an immersive learning opportunity where students gain public-sector work experience; participate in public event planning; generate political and historical research; assist with television documentary production; and receive personalized career counseling through the UVA Career Center. In addition, and new to the program this year, all Scholars will participate in the Center for Politics’ Global Perspectives on Democracy program and engage in real time, real world international diplomacy by serving as “host peers” for a U.S. Department of State-sponsored delegation of students in Iraq during the final two weeks of the program.

Each Scholar will receive a $2,000 stipend as part of the program, and will work individually and collectively on some of the biggest public-sector issues facing the country and the world today. At the start of the program, each student will also be paired with University alumni, including CBS News Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan, broadcaster and former UVA and NFL football player Tiki Barber, former Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs, and many others, who will serve as career mentors to the students throughout the five-week internship and then monthly for the coming year. 

“The challenges our next generation of public servants will face are incredibly daunting — the rise of autocracy around the globe, extremism, climate change, technology risks, and resource scarcity. I’m excited to work with the future leaders that will step up to face these challenges and protect our democracy,” said Krebs.

Roark Corson, a 22nd Century Scholar from last summer, has been mentored by Erik Hirsch, the vice chairman of Hamilton Lane and an expert in the private equity industry. “After the internship, I have kept up with my mentor, and he has been an incredible asset. He’s helped me with my resume, cover letters, interview skills, and other job-related areas. We share an interest in politics, and our discussions about world events are always fascinating and enjoyable. The mentorship aspect of the 22nd Century Scholar Program is absolutely invaluable,” Corson said. Corson has joined the U.S. Department of State to intern at the Wuhan Consulate in China this summer.

Students selected for this year’s 22nd Century Scholars program are:

Anne-Caroline Aries-Praud
 Lara Arif
 Katharine Barbour
 Max Boland
 Shannon Britt
 Robert Brown Jr.
 Nicole Chebili
 William Clawson
 Cole DeLong
 Jaden Evans
 Geetanjali Gandhe
 Nishita Ghanate
 Raed Gilliam
 Natalie Gonzalez
 Molly Hayes
 Rachel Hightman
 Emma Hopp
 Booker Johnson,  III
 Raghda Labban
 Ryan Lanford
 Nicholas Lansing
 Olivia LiVolsi
 Patricio Lopez-Guerra
 Susannah Loss
 Garrison Lowe
 Dante Massimo
 Matthew McConnell
 Jackson McCummings
 Edward McPhillips
 Olivia Morrison
 Austin Orfield
 Elizabeth Rankin
 Donna Reynolds
 Advika Roongta 
Isabelle Saillard
 Henry Schock
 Abigail Schofield
 Charles Sewell
 Manan Shah
 Rahul Sharma
 Aidan Sheahan
 Katherine Snider
 Emma StJohn
 Amelia Strouth
 Katherine Thomas
 Greta Timmins
 Ian Toubin
 Allie Touron
 Jacob Womack
 Derek Yang

“This innovative program is in keeping with the University of Virginia’s long history of developing leaders in government and politics,” said Larry J. Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics. “And I’m delighted that so many of our exceptional University alumni have stepped forward to serve as mentors to these students. This not only bolsters the students’ understanding of what it means to be a public servant, but it also strengthens UVA’s intergenerational connections.”

The 22nd Century Scholars Program is made possible through funding from the Jefferson Trust, the Larry J. Sabato Foundation, and the Peter and Eaddo Kiernan Foundation with additional support from Sonja Hoel Perkins, McGuireWoods Consulting, Michael Greenwald, Larry Schack and Katie Shaw, Erik Hirsch, and many other generous donors.