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Rhodes Scholarship Recipients

Rhodes Scholarships are awarded annually by the Oxford-based Rhodes Trust on the basis of academics and character. The recipient is provided with two years of study at the prestigious University of Oxford in England.  Naval Academy graduates who are Rhodes Scholars are listed  here.

Selected Biographies of Recent Rhodes Scholars

Lillian Ngo Usadi

The 53rd Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Lillian Ngo Usadi from the class of 2021. 

Lillian N. Usadi was an electrical engineering major at the U.S. Naval Academy where she was a Bowman Scholar and one of sixteen Trident Scholars in the Class of 2021, conducting research in electrical engineering and physics focused on the manipulation of microbots using acoustics.  Lillian is an accomplished violinist and serves as concertmaster for the U.S. Naval Academy Symphony Orchestra. Her passion for music is also reflected in her academic interests in acoustic applications to energy, the environment, and war; and her independent research on ways to manipulate microbots using sound. Lillian is President of the Jewish Midshipmen Club. At Oxford, Lillian will continue her studies in energy systems and further her academic interests in the facing of environmental challenges.

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Margaret Dods

The 52nd Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Margaret Dods from the class of 2019. 

Margaret Dods is the Naval Academy’s 17 th Rhodes Scholar in the past 16 years.

Dods hails from Linwood, New Jersey and attended Mainland Regional High School. At the Naval Academy she was an English and Arabic double major, and maintained a perfect grade point average in here time as a Midshipman. In her 1st Class year, Dods served as a Battalion Commander overseeing about 750 Midshipmen. She is an avid runner, and has completed three marathons. At Oxford, Dods plans to pursue a M.Phil. in Modern Eastern Studies. Following the completion of her graduate education she will head to Quantico, Virginia for The Basic School - the first step in her Marine Corps career.

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Nate Bermel

The 51st Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Nate Bermel from the class of 2018. 

Bermel was a political science and quantitative economics double major at the Naval Academy. He served as the Brigade Honor Advisor. Bermel had a 4.0 GPA, and was ranked first in the Academic Order of Merit and second in the Military Order in his class. He is a Stamps Scholar, a member of the Naval Academy’s two-time National Championship Club Lacrosse team, and was the Project Leader for the Midshipman Action Group’s midshipmen coaching program where he mentors youths in the Annapolis community. In the summer of 2016, Bermel was one of four midshipmen to summit Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America, as a part of the first successful USNA expedition in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Bermel is a 2014 graduate of Brookline High School in Brookline, Mass. As a midshipman, he interned for the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, where he conducted analyses of the oil market in Syria and Iraq for the Department’s counter-ISIL team, and this past summer, he traveled to the Kwajalein Atoll to research the effects of climate change on the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Bermel plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy at Oxford and will attend flight school after graduating from Oxford to become a Navy pilot. 

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Lucinda Ford

The 50th Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Lucinda Ford from the class of 2017. 

Ford majored in ocean engineering while at the Naval Academy.  She divided her time between singing in the Academy's Women's Glee Club, mentoring local Annapolitan youth through the Arundel County Teen Court, and running marathons; once competing in the North Face Endurance Challenge where she placed first in her age group.  While at the Naval Academy, Ford has spent time working and volunteering abroad in Singapore and Rwanda.  

Since graduating from the Naval Academy in 2017, she has commissioned in the United States Navy and will serve as a submarine officer.  She plans to focus her study on the environment while at Oxford.

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Megan Musilli

The 49th Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Megan Musilli from the class of 2016. 

Megan Musilli is a 2016 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where she majored in mathematics.   Her research spans the study of traumatic brain injury and MRI scanning techniques at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, satellite tracking at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the concept of genetic algorithms and state machines in data compression at the Naval Academy. Megan has served as squad leader, platoon commander, and regimental commander at the Naval Academy. She earned a scholarship to study abroad at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and served in medical and surgical clinics on the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort in a 2015 humanitarian deployment to Panama and El Salvador. Megan’s varsity women’s crew team won the Division I Patriot League Championships and participated in the NCAA Women’s National Rowing Championships.

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Katie Whitcombe

The 48th Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Katie Whitcombe from the class of 2013. 

Katie Whitcombe is a Phoenix, Arizona native that proved herself both inside and outside of the classroom. In her time at the Academy she was a member of the varsity track and field team, competing in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles. She majored in Chinese and had the opportunity to spend time in China through the Naval Academy semester abroad program. She plans to earn a M.Phil in Modern Chinese Studies and will join the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lt.

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Christian Heller

The 47th Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Christian Heller from the class of 2013. 

Christian Heller is a Naval Academy Class of 2013 graduate and currently serves as an Intelligence Officer in the Marine Corps. Heller reported to the Academy from Beulah, North Dakota and was a history major with a minor in Arabic. As a Midshipman he participated in the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. He earned a M.Phil. in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford after his time in Annapolis. Heller enjoys studying military history and national security, and is a published writer. 

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Caroline Barlow

The 46th Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Christian Heller from the class of 2011.

Barlow came to the Naval Academy from Jacksonville, Florida. She studied Oceanography and was at the top of her class with a 3.94 GPA. She was a member of the 2009 National Collegiate Champion Coed Triathlon Team and in the fall of her 1st Class year served as the Brigade Commander, which is the senior Midshipman in the Brigade command structure. In this role she worked closely with the Commandant of Midshipmen to ensure a high state of efficiency within the Brigade and mutual respect for every Midshipmen. Barlow earned a commission in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign in May of 2011, and became a part of the Surface Warfare Community. She planned to pursue a M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford. 

John Moore

The 45th Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is John Moore from the class of 2008.

John Moore graduated at the top of his class at the Naval Academy, majoring in Chemistry. During the summer of 2017 he served as the Regimental Commander for the 4/C Regiment, which made him the highest ranking Midshipman in the Plebe Summer chain of command. Moore was known for his volunteerism as a Midshipman, working in the shock trauma center at the University of Maryland Medical Center and actively participating in the Midshipman Action Group. In his free time Moore enjoys running, and is a Marine Corps Marathon and Bel Monte 50k finisher. Moore plans to serve our country as a Navy Doctor.  

Sean Genis

The 44th Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Sean Genis from the class of 2007.

A native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, Sean Genis graduated first in his class at the Naval Academy. He studied Physics at the Academy, and was a Regimental Commander in charge of half of the Brigade of Midshipmen. During his time on the Yard, Genis participated in the cycling team and the Glee club. He also spent a semester abroad at the Spanish Naval Academy, where he had the opportunity to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Genis plans to earn his graduate degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford and will then report to Charleston, SC to begin nuclear power school.

Paul Angelo

The 43rd Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Paul Angelo from the class of 2006.

Paul J. Angelo is a Fellow for Latin American Studies in the David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. His current research focuses on U.S. support for security sector reform in Colombia and Mexico. In 2008, a tour on board the USS Kidd (DDG-100), a guided-missile destroyer based in San Diego, took him on a deployment to the West and South Pacific, followed by a role at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, where he was the Department of Defense’s principal liaison to Colombian military units along the country’s conflictive Pacific coast. In that capacity, he managed security assistance projects and bilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. In 2011, Angelo transferred to Portsmouth, England, where he served as an exchange officer on the British frigate HMS Lancaster, and shortly thereafter, he accepted an invitation from the British Ministry of Defence’s EU/NATO Policy Unit in London to help develop a strategic communications plan for NATO in the UK. His final tour in the US Navy saw him join the faculty of the Languages and Cultures Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught language and politics courses. In September 2015, he departed active-duty service and reported to the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where he represented the Council on Foreign Relations as an International Affairs Fellow seconded to the U.S. Department of State. Angelo holds an M.Phil in Latin American Studies with Distinction from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.S. in Political Science with Honors from the U.S. Naval Academy. He expects to receive a PhD in Politics from University College London in the fall of 2019. He continues to serve as a Foreign Area Officer (Lieutenant Commander) in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Jacquelyn Bengfort

The 42nd Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Jacquelyn Bengfort from the class of 2006.

Jacquelyn Bengfort (nee Hanna) is from North Dakota. While a midshipman at the Naval Academy, Bengfort was an English major and a highland dancer with Pipes and Drums; in addition to the Rhodes Scholarship, she was recognized with a Truman Scholarship and several internal awards, including the LT Kylan Jones-Huffman Award for Identity Studies, the Henry Van Dyke Prize, the Nancy Wicker Prize, and the Thomas First-Year Russian Award. Bengfort completed an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford before serving as a Surface Warfare Officer. After completing her service obligation, Bengfort resigned from active duty and now works as a freelance writer. Bengfort is the author of two chapbooks of poetry (Navy News Service, Suitable for All Methods of Communication) and has received fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.

Nicholas Schmitz

The 41st Rhodes Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Nicholas Schmitz from the class of 2006.

First in his class at the Naval Academy, Nicholas Schmitz was born in Germany and came to the United States at the age of one. By the age of 17, Schmitz decided to leave high school to pursue a career in the Marine Corps and would later be accepted into the Academy. As a Midshipman, Schmitz served as the First Regimental Commander in charge of over 2,000 of his peers. Additionally he was the recipient of the Kauffman Award, a peer nominated distinction for the single Midshipman that demonstrates the best leadership and commitment to service. Schmitz plans to study Economics and Social History while at Oxford.

Joseph Preston

Class of 2005

Joseph Preston was an Information Technology major at the Naval Academy. As Brigade Physical Mission Officer his 1/C year, Preston was responsible to the Brigade Commander for all aspects of Midshipman physical readiness and education. He also was a member of the triathlon team, which won the national championship twice. Preston hopes to study General Linguistics at Oxford.

Jason Shell

Class of 2005

Jason Shell was an honors history major with a Spanish minor at the Naval Academy. He was known for his roles as the Brigade Conduct and Aptitude Officer, responsible to the Brigade Commander for all matters involving Midshipmen conduct and aptitude. During one of his summers at the Academy Shell earned his jump wings from the U.S. Army Airborne School in Ft. Benning. Shell was selected to join the Explosive Ordinance Disposal community and plans to study International Relations at Oxford.

Trevor Thompson

Class of 2005

Trevor Thompson hails from Kent, Washington. He graduated in the top of his class with a degree in History, making him the third generation family member to earn a commission from the Naval Academy. While a Midshipman Thompson served as the First Regimental Commander and helped create a program which sends Midshipmen to Nicaragua for community building projects. He hopes to study Economics and Social History at Oxford and will report to Coronado, CA for BUD/S upon the completion of his graduate education.

Emelia Spencer

Class of 2002

Emelia Spencer studied Political Science while at the Naval Academy, and was the Director of Education for the Foreign Affairs Conference at the Academy. In the first semester of her 1/C year, Spencer served as the Brigade Operations Officer. In this role she was responsible for the organization, planning, and execution of all operations involving the Brigade of Midshipmen. Spencer was also a member of Navy's Varsity Intercollegiate Dinghy Team. Upon earning her Master's from Oxford, Spencer will serve as a Surface Warfare Officer.

Joshua Nassiri

Class of 2001

Graduating first in his class, Joshua Nassiri came to the Naval Academy from Hayden, Idaho and studied Chemistry. He was president of the Men's Glee Club and was the co-coordinator for Project White Hat, a midshipmen run program that volunteers helping sick children at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Nassiri plans to study Philosophy, Psychology, and Physiology at Oxford and hopes to be a Navy Doctor one day.  


More can be read about the Rhodes Scholarship at the Rhodes Scholarship website,

Marshall Scholarship Recipients

Marshall Scholars are American Students of high ability who are given the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom. The Marshall Scholarship aims to strengthen the bond between the American and British people by giving its scholars a lasting understanding of British society.  Naval Academy graduates who are Marshall Scholars are listed  here.

Selected Biographies of Recent Marshall Scholars

Quinn O'Loane

The 32nd Marshall Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Quinn O'Loane from the class of 2021.

Quinn studied quantitative economics and political science at the U.S. Naval Academy. At the Academy, he was honored to serve as Executive Officer to the Brigade of Midshipmen. With the Marshall Scholarship, Quinn intends to study International Relations at the University of York, with a focus on allied engagement in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Following completion of his degree, Quinn will report to Naval Air Training Command for qualification as a Naval Aviator.

Christian Hoffman

The 31st Marshall Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Christian Hoffman from the class of 2020. Christian studied at the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned his degree in chemistry. As a Midshipman, he conducted in-depth research projects using ionic liquids to modify biomaterials as both a Stamps Scholar and Trident Scholar. Christian was honored to serve as the Team Captain of Navy’s Varsity Offshore Sailing Team during his senior year. Christian will pursue a MSc in Chemistry (by research) at the University of York with the Marshall Scholarship. Following completion of his degree, Christian will serve as an officer in the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal community.

Annie Richter

The 30th Marshall Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Annie Richter from the class of 2019.

Annie Richter is from Hinsdale, Illinois. In her time at the Naval Academy she studied Mechanical Engineering, played on the Women's Varsity Lacrosse team, was one of 29 midshipmen selected to be a Bowman Scholar, and the 2nd Battalion Academics Officer her 1/C year. Richter was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Eastern College Conference President's Honor Roll for having a 4.0 GPA along with playing a Division I sport.  Richter plans to pursue her master's in additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing technologies at the University of Sheffield. Following her graduate education she will report to Charleston, SC to begin her training as a future Submarine Warfare Officer. 

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Christopher Cantillo

The 29th Marshall Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Christopher Cantillo from the class of 2018.

Christopher Cantillo is a native of Sarasota, Florida and attended Pine View High School. Cantillo majored in Aerospace Engineering and earned a minor in Spanish, finishing with a 4.0 GPA. As a Trident Scholar he researched transient wind gusts on ship air wakes. In his free time Cantillo played the saxophone in Trident Brass, and sailed for the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team. He served as the team's captain his senior season. Upon graduating from Cambridge, Cantillo will head to Pensacola, Florida to begin his training as a Navy Pilot. 

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Andrea Howard

The 28th Marshall Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Andrea Howard from the class of 2015.

Andrea Howard hails from Norcross, Georgia, and graduated as one of the top twenty midshipmen in the Class of 2015. She was a Political Science and Arabic double major with a 4.00 GPA, Commander of the Drum and Bugle Corps during its Centennial Year, and the recipient of the Class of 1979 Trident Scholar Prize. Howard attended King's College London and the University of Oxford, earning an MA in Science & Security with Distinction and an MSc in Global Governance & Diplomacy with Distinction. She was named one of the Atlantic Council’s “Twenty-Five LGBTI Next Generation Leaders to Watch” and won the United States Naval Institute’s 2019 Emerging & Disruptive Technologies Essay Contest. Howard currently serves as a Submarine Officer aboard the USS OHIO (Blue) in Washington State.

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Katie Davidson

The 27th Marshall Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Katie Davidson from the class of 2013. 

Katie Davidson is from Geneva, Florida and a Trinity Preparatory School alum. She competed on the Navy Women's Swim team while at the Academy, placing 4th in the Patriot League Championships in the 1650. Davidson was an English honors major, and served as the Brigade Adjutant in her 1st Class year. Following her graduation from the Naval Academy she earned a M.Phil. in Human Geography from Cambridge and a Master's Degree in International/Global Studies from Oxford. She now serves as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.

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Ronald Allen

The 26th Marshall Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Ronald Allen from the class of 2013.

Ronald Allen hails from Seattle, Washington. He was a honors economics major at the Naval Academy, and is well known for his pursuits outside of the classroom. Allen played free safety for the Sprint Football Team all four years at the Academy and he studied the management of investments of disadvantaged groups for his Capstone research. Allen plans to earn a M.A. in Public Policy at King's College in London upon graduation. 

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Ian Cameron

The 25th Marshall Scholar selected out of the Naval Academy is Ian Cameron from the class of 2012.

Ian Cameron was an Arabic major at the Naval Academy, finishing with a 3.96 GPA. He participated in Sprint Football, Men's Glee, and studied abroad in Morocco. Cameron holds the honor of serving as the President of the Class of 2012. Upon graduation he earned a M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford and currently serves as an Infantry Officer in the Marine Corps.

Michael Campbell

Class of 2010

Graduating first in his class, Michael Campbell is not only a Marshall but also a Truman Scholar. During his time as a Midshipman Campbell was Director of the 50th Anniversary Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, and was an undergraduate assistant coach for Navy's Varsity Men's Lacrosse Team. Campbell will study at both King's College London and Oxford.

Kyle Checchi

Class of 2009

Kyle Checchi is from San Ramon, California. Checchi majored in Chemistry at the Academy and was ranked first academically in his class. He was known for volunteering at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and plans to pursue a career as a Navy Doctor. Before attending medical school, Checchi will study International Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Henry Donaghy

Class of 2009

Henry Donaghy reported to the Naval Academy from Wallingford, Pennsylvania and majored in both Physics and Mechanical Engineering. While on the Yard, Donaghy played bass in the USNA Trident Brass Jazz Band and has run 8 marathons as a part of the marathon team. Upon earning a Master's degree in Energy Technologies from the Imperial College of London, Donaghy will begin his training as a Submarine Warfare Officer.

Kelly Zahalka

Class of 2009

Kelly Zahalka of Richmond, Virginia graduated from the Academy with a B.Sc. In History and a minor in Chinese. While a Midshipman, Zahalka was a member of the Women's Varsity Swim Team and two time Academic All-American. Zahalka was the first women in Naval Academy history to graduate from U.S. Navy Dive School, and earned her commission as a Marine Corps Officer in May of 2009. Zahalka plans to pursue a M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of London.

Benjamin Zintak

Class of 2009

Benjamin Zintak hails from Arlington Heights, Illinois and studied Systems Engineering at the Naval Academy. In his 1/C year Zintak was the Brigade Executive Officer, serving as the second in command of the Brigade and an advisor to the Brigade Commander regarding issues concerning Brigade policy. Zintak plans to earn his M.Sc. in Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics at Cranfield University, and will then report to Pensacola, Florida to begin training as a Naval Aviator.

Eric Gardner

Class of 2008

Sarah Horn

Class of 2008

Sarah Horn is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native. She studied Political Science at the Academy and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Horn maintained a busy schedule as a member of the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team and a VADM James Stockdale Fellow. She plans to learn about the U.S. Military's role in African development at the University of Oxford.

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Matthew Linsley

Class of 2008

A native of rural East Palestine, Ohio, Matthew Linsley graduated from the United States Naval Academy ranked first academically in the Class of 2008. An honors history major at the Academy, Matthew was selected as the Academy's 18th Marshall Scholar and completed graduate degrees in history at the University of Exeter and Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. On active duty, Matthew completed nuclear power training before serving as a division officer onboard USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723) forward deployed to Agana, Guam, Flag Lieutenant at Submarine Group Seven in Yokosuka, Japan, and an instructor of history at the Naval Academy. Matthew is currently pursuing a juris doctorate at Yale Law School.

John Kennedy

Class of 2007

John Kennedy is a Bon Air, Virginia native and majored in American Politics and Law and a minored in Spanish. Kennedy participated in the Men's Varsity Swim Team all four years at the Academy, and served as the Brigade Physical Missions Officer and a Company Commander in his 1/C year. He commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and plans to pursue an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Oxford. After his graduate education, Kennedy will begin training to become an Explosive Ordinance Officer.

Anne O'Donnell

Class of 2005

Anne O'Donnell hails from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and will be a part of the Naval Academy's first class of Information Technology majors. As a Midshipman she completed an internship with the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division and served as the Brigade Operations Officer. O'Donnell also excelled as an athlete, serving as the co-captain of the Women's Varsity Lacrosse Team. Upon commissioning O'Donnell will attend Royal Holloway and plans to earn a M.Sc. in Information Security.

Eric Twerdahl Jr

Class of 2004

Eric Twerdahl Jr was the first Midshipman at the Academy to major in both Chemistry and English. Twerdahl had the opportunity to work with investigators in the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and hopes to be a Flight Surgeon and Navy Astronaut one day. After earning his M.Sc. from Oxford, he plans to attend medical school.

Benjamin Heineike

Class of 2002

Benjamin Heineike reported to the Naval Academy from Lake Tahoe, California and was first in his class at the Naval Academy. Heineike majored in Mathematics and minored in French at the Academy, and hopes to earn a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge. Heineike was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and will one day be a Surface Warfare Officer.

Timothy Strabbing

Class of 2001

Jonathan Cerrito

Class of 2000

Jonathan Cerrito was first in his class at the Naval Academy in both academics and military aptitude. Cerrito majored in Weapons and Systems Engineering and minored in French at the Academy, and plans to pursue his graduate degree in History and Politics from Cambridge. As a Midshipman he participated in the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team and will report to Coronado, CA following graduate school to start training as a future SEAL.

Mitchell Scholarship Recipients

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a fellowship awarded to Americans by the United States - Ireland Alliance which pays for graduate education in Ireland. The scholarship is named in honor of U.S. Senator George Mitchell for his role in helping to establish peace in Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship is awarded to those that have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to public service. 

Selected Biographies of Recent Mitchell Scholars

Allyson Strachan

Class of 2016

Allyson Strachan studied Systems Engineering at the Naval Academy, finishing in the top 5% of her class. As a Midshipman, she was captain of the Navy Women's Ice Hockey team. Strachan went on to study Electronic and Communications Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology, and then reported to Pensacola, Florida to train to become a Naval Aviator. 

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Jonathan Poole

Class of 2013

Jonathan Poole graduated from the Naval Academy in May of 2013 and commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Upon graduating he attended University College Cork, earning a M.BS. in International Public Policy and Diplomacy, Education and National Security. Poole would later qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer, and now is a part of the Commander's Action Group, Military Sealift Command stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Kyle Krieger

Class of 2010

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lieutenant Commander Kyle Krieger graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. With the George Mitchell Scholar program, Lieutenant Commander Krieger completed his Master’s degree in International Security and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University in 2011. He completed his division officer tour aboard the USS BUFFALO, a fast-attack nuclear submarine based out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; during which he served as the Chemical and Radiological Officer, the Communications Officer, the Quality Assurance Officer and the Assistant Engineer. Lieutenant Commander Krieger then served as the International Programs and Operations Officer at Commander Task Force 69 in Naples, Italy. He presently serves as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Steven Sifuentes

Class of 2010

Steven Sifuentes is a Marine Corps Officer, having earned his commission from the Naval Academy in 2010. He then earned a Master's Degree in Military History and Strategic Studies from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. As a Marine, Sifuentes is responsible for operating and performing preventive maintenance on both hardware and software systems involving communication services.  

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Victoria Moore

Class of 2008

A native of Burke, Virginia, Lieutenant Commander Victoria Moore graduated first in her class from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Information Technology National Security Affairs and a minor in French. She was also selected as the Spring Semester Color Company Commander in May 2008. She studied abroad as a George J. Mitchell Scholar at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, graduating with an M.A. in Development with First Class Honors in March 2010. In November 2009, she reported to the USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20) in San Diego, California for her first division officer tour. In June 2012, Lieutenant Commander Moore reported to the USS MUSTIN (DDG 89), forward-deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, to serve as the Training Officer and Executive Department Head. In December 2013, she reported to the U.S. Naval Academy to serve as a Political Science Instructor. For three semesters, she taught the freshman-required course “American Government and Constitutional Development.” In July 2014, she was selected as a Foreign Area Officer. Lieutenant Commander Moore completed six months of Portuguese Language Training at Defense Language Institute East in Washington, D.C. in August 2015. She served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique for three years until September 2018. She currently serves as the Security Force Assistance Lead for the N52 Africa Engagement Group at U.S. Naval Forces Europe – U.S. Naval Forces Africa in Naples, Italy. She speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian.

Allison Mabrey

Class of 2007

Allison Mabrey graduated from the Naval Academy in May of 2007 and is a 2008 Mitchell Scholar. She received a Master's Degree in Meteorology from University College Dublin. Currently, Marbrey serves as a Requirements Officer in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations for the Oceanographer of the Navy.

Gates Scholarship Recipients

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which donated $210M to the University of Cambridge in order to help fund graduate education at Cambridge for students from over 100 countries around the world. Those that are awarded this scholarship must demonstrate academic excellence, potential to lead, and a commitment to improving the lives of others. About 225 Scholars from 50 different countries are studying at Cambridge through this program at any one time.  

Selected Biographies of Recent Gates Scholars

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Thomas Imhoff

Class of 2019

Thomas Imhoff is from Twinsburg, Ohio and was Mechanical Engineering major at the Naval Academy. Imhoff participated in the Endurance Team while a Midshipman. He also was a Trident Scholar, studying the use of gridshell structures as shelters for areas in need of humanitarian aid and disaster relief. After graduation Imhoff will go to Cambridge to pursue a M.Phil. in Engineering with the Advanced Structures Group. Following his master's degree, he will report to Rota, Spain to begin his career as a Surface Warfare Officer.

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Rachel Wible

Class of 2017

Rachel Wible is a 2017 Naval Academy graduate and a Naval Nuclear Submarine Officer. At the Academy, she participated in Girls on the Run MAG and was a member of the marathon team, qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Additionally, Wible completed internships at Navy Research Labs researching and testing railgun technology for future fleet implementation as well as studying the ability to identify and evaluate nuclear weapons usage through analysis of site nuclear weapons testing data. She also had to opportunity to study abroad in Turkey at Koç University. After commissioning from the Naval Academy, Wible went on to Cambridge to pursue her graduate degree.

Zach Dannelly

Class of 2016

Zach Dannelly is from Louisville, Kentucky and reported to the Naval Academy in the summer of 2012. He is the ninth generation of his family to serve. Dannelly opted to be a Cyber Operations major and will one day serve as a Information Warfare Officer. He plans to pursue an M.Phil. in Technology Policy in the Judge Business School at Cambridge.

Megan Hough

Class of 2016

Megan Hough is a Nuclear Engineering major and will one day serve as a Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. She plans to study Nuclear Energy at Cambridge.

Ryan McDonnell

Class of 2016

Ryan McDonnell studied Systems Engineering while at the Naval Academy. In May of 2016 he commissioned as an Ensign and will serve as a Submarine Warfare Officer upon the completion of his graduate education. McDonnell plans to earn his M.Phil. In Nuclear Energy from Cambridge.

Margaret Gilroy

Class of 2014

Margaret Gilroy earned her Master's degree in Nuclear Energy from Cambridge. Driven by her belief in the potential of nuclear energy, Gilroy has not only devoted her graduate studies to the topic but will also pursue a career in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Warfare Officer on a nuclear powered submarine.

James Mackovjak

Class of 2014

James Mackovjak was a Systems Engineering major at the Naval Academy. In his free time he enjoys running and cycling. His love for the outdoors encouraged him to pursue an M.Phil. In Energy Technologies in the hope of helping to find clean solutions to the energy challenges we face today.

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Eric Washkewicz

Class of 2013

Eric Washkewicz is from West Orange, NJ and currently a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, designated as a Submarine Warfare Officer. While at the Naval Academy, he received a Dual Major in Mechanical Engineering (BS) and Ocean Engineering (BS), and was a 4 Year Member of the Varsity Lightweight Rowing Team. After he graduated from the Naval Academy, Washkewicz earned an M.Phil. in Energy Technologies as a Gates Scholar at Cambridge University. After his time in Cambridge, he completed the Navy Nuclear Training Pipeline in Charleston SC and reported to the USS HARTFORD, a Los Angeles Class Fast Attack Submarine in Groton Connecticut. In 2019, Washkewicz left the USS HARTFORD and reported to the US Naval Academy, where he serves as a Physics Instructor, the Officer Representative for the Catholic Midshipman Club and a Volunteer LWT Rowing Coach.

Thomas Paul

Class of 2012

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Kayla Barron

Class of 2010

Kayla (Sax) Barron grew up in Richland, WA and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a degree in Systems Engineering. As a Midshipman, Barron ran cross-country and indoor/outdoor track, was an editor-at-large for The LOG magazine, and conducted neutron detection research as a Trident Scholar. As a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, she modeled the fuel cycle for a next-generation, thorium-fueled nuclear reactor and received an MPhil in Nuclear Engineering. Following graduate school, Barron attended the Navy’s nuclear power and submarine officer training before being assigned to the USS MAINE, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine homeported in Bangor, Washington. Barron qualified as a submarine warfare officer and completed three strategic deterrent patrols while serving as a division officer aboard the MAINE. She went on to serve as the Flag Aide to the Superintendent of the Naval Academy. During that tour, Barron applied and was selected for NASA's 22nd Astronaut Class. She reported to Johnson Space Center in August 2017 to begin two years of training as an Astronaut Candidate. Upon completion, Barron will be assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office while she awaits a flight assignment.

Stephen DeVries

Class of 2009

William Eucker

Class of 2008

Michael Dodson

Class of 2005

Katie Folz

Class of 2004

Amy Jones

Class of 2002

Jeremiah Wathen

Class of 2002

Peter Brereton

Class of 2001

Peter Brereton is a Physics major from the Naval Academy and went on to earn his Master's and Doctorate degrees from Cambridge in Physics related topics. Brereton served as a Submarine Warfare Officer and currently is a Physics professor at the Naval Academy.  

Truman Scholarship Recipients

Harry S. Truman served as the thirty-third President of the United States. His leadership and dedication to country are memorialized through the Truman Foundation, which supports our future leaders in the public service. The Truman Foundation is well known for the Truman Scholarship, which provides a graduate fellowship  for aspiring leaders that have demonstrated potential to lead, academic merit, and a commitment to public service.

Selected Biographies of Recent Truman Scholars

Chase Lee

Class of 2022



Juliet O'Brien

Class of 2020

Juliet O'Brien hails from San Francisco, CA. At the Academy, she majored in Political Science and minored in French and Arabic, which led her to study abroad in Meknes, Morocco, during the fall of her second-class year. This experience, as well as internships at the Department of State and the Institute of Peace during her summer trainings, influenced her interest in the politics, history, and cultures of the Middle East. She is now pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic at the University of Oxford. After completing her Masters, she is excited to serve as a Surface Warfare Officer. 



Lascz '18
David Laszcz

Class of 2018

At 17, David enlisted in the Marines as a Rifleman. David deployed in 2011 to support Operation Enduring Freedom following the Arab Spring, which inspired his fascination with economic development, governance and sustainability. After serving with some of the hardest working Marines, his unit demobilized, and David began working for a member of Congress at the regional office within his district. He learned firsthand how federal and local policies could work together to improve the wellbeing of Americans. After being promoted to Sergeant, he received an appointment to the Naval Academy, where he completed a Bachelor’s in Quantitative Economics and commissioned as an officer in the Marines. While at Navy he was heavily involved in ODE, Economics Honor Society, Finance and Investment Club. Within the Brigade he served as a member of 10th Company holding the roles of the Company Adjutant, Academics Officer, Alcohol Drug Education Officer, and 1st Regimental Sergeant Major. Following commissioning, he worked at the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House as a Staff Economist and pursued a Master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. David hopes to elevate those who come from a background not too unlike his own. After active duty, he hopes to continue in public service with knowledge of effective crisis response, belief in prosperity through economic development and experience of leadership meant to empower those facing adversity.

Frederick Sutton

Class of 2017

Andre Evans

Class of 2016

Teresa Kennedy

Class of 2016

Teresa D. Kennedy is a 2016 Distinguished Graduate of U.S.N.A. with a B.S. in English Literature and is a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar. She currently works as a systems integration consultant for the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command’s Guided Missile Frigate Program and a business development associate for Ventus Executive Solutions, LLC. Teresa is an active volunteer in her community serving as a leader within several organizations including Veterans for American Ideals, the D.C. chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Alumni Association, and Luther Place Memorial Church. She spends her free time fostering dogs through Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and writing for Charged Affairs. Teresa plans to pursue a Master’s in national security policy and dedicate her career to public service.

Luber '14
Clif Luber

Class of 2014

Clif Luber is a 2014 United States Naval Academy graduate and currently serves as a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy. At USNA, he majored in Political Science and was active with the Ethics Debate team, Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, and was a Co-Founder of the Genocide Awareness Program. After graduation, he worked at the White House for the Vice President’s National Security Affairs Office assisting with foreign policy and speechwriting. He has been stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI where he served on a destroyer, hospital ship, and submarine. He currently serves on the Joint Chiefs of Staff J4 Logistics Directorate at the Pentagon.  Clif is a native of Camdenton, Missouri and enjoys supporting all Missouri professional sports, as well as studying military history and business operations. He plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy and a Master’s in Business Administration. 

Kotlikoff '13
Phoebe Kotlikoff

Class of 2013

Lieutenant Kotlikoff is a 2012 Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner, a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship finalist, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics. She was a Public Service Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy in 2015. While there she focused on Department of Defense Cyber policy, completing her thesis titled "Enabling the Third Offset in Cyberspace."  As a submarine officer she served onboard USS OHIO (SSGN 726) (GOLD) from March, 2017 to July, 2019 and supported Western Pacific Deployments on both the USS MICHIGAN (SSGN 727) (GOLD) and the USS MISSISSIPPI (SSN 782). On shore, LT Kotlikoff has worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the CNO’s Chief Executive Panel, and the Center for Naval Analyses. She is currently serving as a submarine tactics instructor in King's Bay, Georgia.

Stephen Honan

Class of 2011

John Campion

Class of 2010

David Parker

Class of 2008

Eric Westland

Class of 2008

Elisabeth Gayer

Class of 2005

William Kelly

Class of 2005

Johann Guzman

Class of 2003

Thomas Mancinelli

Class of 2003

Zachary Hudson

Class of 2001

Churchill Scholarship Recipients

The Churchill Scholarship was created at the request of Sir Winston Churchill, well known for his service as the British Prime Minister from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955. It was his hope that the United Kingdom and the United States would continue to exchange scientific knowledge into the future in an effort to ensure peace and prosperity around the world. Today the scholarship is highly sought after and an incredible opportunity for Americans to study overseas at the University of Cambridge.

Selected Biographies of Recent Churchill Scholars



Jamie Lee

Class of 2020

From Bristow, Virginia, Jamie Lee is a candidate for an MPhil in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. She graduated in 2020 and was a Computer Science major, Japanese minor and one of nine Trident Scholars in the Naval Academy’s Class of 2020. Her Trident project, titled “Oblivious k-Nearest Neighbors for Secure Map Applications,” aimed to improve the security of map applications through the development of a novel data structure. During her tenure at the Academy, she interned at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a program developer and data analyst. In 2019, Lee attended six conferences and published a conference paper for the 2019 Military Sensing Symposia pertaining to her research in aircraft classification conducted at the NRO. At the academy, Lee was a squad leader for 3rd Company and served as the 1st Battalion Honor Adviser, overseeing the honor training and remediation process for more than 700 midshipmen. Lee was a third-degree brown belt for the Academy’s Judo Club, a violist in the Symphony Orchestra, and an active member of the Women in Cyber and Computing Club which helps to plan, coordinate and volunteer at events promoting female leadership and involvement in computing. At the University of Cambridge, Lee is developing a novel model-based design toolkit for 3D GUI layout design that accommodates user attributes under the guidance of Professor Per Ola Kristensson in the Interactive Information Systems research group. Following the completion of her degree, Lee will continue on her Naval career as a part of the Information Warfare Community.



Walker '18
Michael Walker

Class of 2018

Michael Walker is a candidate for an M.Phil. in Engineering at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Originally from College Station, Texas, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2018, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and with a service selection of submarines. At USNA as a Trident scholar, he studied advanced combustion modes to improve diesel engine efficiency, publishing multiple papers as first author. He interned at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory’s Combustion Research Facility and served as a military fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is a graduate of the SCUBA course at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, and the National Outdoor Leadership School, where he completed a two-month expedition on the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska. He was awarded the Churchill scholarship, the first from USNA since 1968. At Cambridge, he works in the Energy Research Group, being named a finalist for the Shell Research Prize for his work in turbulence and turbulent reacting flows, with applications to improving the efficiency of combustion engines. ENS Walker is Captain of the Cambridge University American Football team and is an adviser for the Department of Engineering's Formula Racing team, where he teaches and advises the team to design and build a Formula-style racecar from scratch.

Fulbright Scholarship Recipients

James William Fulbright served as a United States Senator from Arkansas from 1945 - 1974. Following World War II he submitted a bill that called for the use of funds earned through the sale of surplus war property to pay for the exchange of American and other students. The program was designed to promote peace around the world the exchange of education. United States students would be funded to study internationally, and foreign students would have their education paid for at an institution in the United States. President Truman signed the bill into law on August 1, 1946, creating one of the most prestigious and sought after scholarships in the world. 

Selected Biographies of Recent Fulbright Scholars

Cully '17
Brian Cully

Class of 2017

Brian Cully graduated from the Naval Academy in 2017, receiving a B.S. with Distinction in Aerospace Engineering. While at the Academy, he captained the Club Water Polo Team and conducted independent research as a Trident Scholar, publishing work on helicopter aerodynamics and next-generation rotor blade design. In 2018, Brian earned an M.S. with Distinction in Sustainable Energy Technologies from the University of Southampton as a Fulbright Scholar, where he concentrated in energy analysis of the global shipping industry and shore-to-ship power applications. He then went to Charleston, SC, to begin his career as a Submarine Warfare Officer at Nuclear Power School.

Carpenter '16
Christen Carpenter

Class of 2016

Christen Carpenter was a member of 23rd Company and Class of 2016. She studied Systems Engineer at the Academy was a part of the Women's Crew Team for 2 years and then a part of the marathon team. As a Midshipman Carpenter had the opportunity to study abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. She received the Fulbright Scholarship to study Gender, Development, and Globalization at the London School of Economics. While in the UK, Carpenter researched gender and the military, focusing specifically on women and compulsory military service. Her final dissertation was on the American, Norwegian, and Israeli militaries and the draft. Following this, she studied a second Masters at King's College London, where she graduated with distinction in International Conflict Studies. In this program, Carpenter continued to study gender and the military. Her thesis was on gender narratives in the United States Navy. Following graduate school, she attended the Basic Division Officer's Course and moved to Rota, Spain to serve onboard a destroyer. 

Drew Calcagno

Class of 2015

Drew Calcagno (LT, USN) of Boston, Massachusetts, ran varsity track and cross country, graduating from the Naval Academy in 2015 with a degree in Economics. He then matriculated to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London as the school's inaugural Fulbright Scholar. Conducting research out of the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, he published peer-reviewed analysis on the US' involvement during the Ebola Crisis. While continuing to work for the State Department as a counterterrorism advisor, he then matriculated to Oxford University as a Rotary Scholar where his degree focused on defense and intelligence collaboration in the Horn of Africa, also conducting research out of US Embassies. After graduate school, he deployed to the Black Sea as an engineering officer on a Destroyer. Subsequently, he pivoted to technology programs, becoming a principal strategy writer and program manager for the Office of the Secretary of Defense's leading artificial intelligence and machine learning cell, and then an artificial intelligence policy analyst for the Chief Technology Officer of the United States at the White House. 

Oat-Judge '14
Samuel Oat-Judge

Class of 2014

Sarah Grant

Class of 2011

Sarah Grant graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 2011 with a B.S. in International Relations and was a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Fulbright Scholar. While at the Academy, she served as President of the Midshipman Action Group and as Brigade Operations Officer. She earned an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in 2012 and then served in the Marine Corps as an Intelligence Officer, stationed primarily out of Okinawa, Japan. She left active duty in 2016 and attended Harvard Law School, from which she graduated with a J.D. in May 2019. While in law school, she was the Editor in Chief of the Harvard National Security Journal. She also served as a reserve watch officer in the Joint Staff J-2. She will be a legal clerk for a federal appellate judge during the 2019-2020 term and a federal trial judge during the 2020-2021 term, and then plans to have a career in national security law.

Megan Selbach-Allen

Class of 2009

Grant Gillary

Class of 2005

Jeffrey McLean

Class of 2004

Jeffrey McLean is originally from Mequon, Wisconsin and graduated from the Naval Academy in 2004 with honors and distinction. Awarded both a Fulbright Scholarship and Harry S. Truman Scholarship, McLean pursued graduate education at Oxford University, England. At Oxford, McLean studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and captained the Men’s Lacrosse team. After graduation, he served as a Naval Aviator, flying F/A-18 Super Hornets. Serving first with VFA-103, “The Jolly Rogers” and later as a Department Head with VFA-11, “The Red Rippers,” McLean completed three combat deployments on aircraft carriers, including 51 missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan. In 2012, McLean was selected to attend U.S. Naval Test Piot School and later served as a test pilot with VX-23 “The Salty Dogs” at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. He served as project officer for the revolutionary X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System that made history as both the first unmanned aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier and the first to achieve autonomous aerial refueling. Also during his test tour, McLean dedicated his nights and weekends to earning an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. During his career, McLean published many articles on foreign policy and technology and served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Naval Institute editorial board. A lifelong community servant, he was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and Outstanding Young Wisconsinite award for his impact through community service and through humanitarian projects in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Kampala, Uganda. In 2017, McLean was selected for the White House Fellowship and served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Office of American Innovation, where he personally drafted two Executive Orders that were signed by the President. He contributed to major policy achievements in prison reform, modernizing government technology systems, and workforce development.

FitzGerald Scholarship Recipients

William H.G. FitzGerald was a graduate from the Naval Academy class of 1931. After the conclusion of World War II, he became involved in government and would go on to become a United States Ambassador. FitzGerald actively supported the United States Naval Academy and its midshipmen. His zeal for Academy baseball made possible the W.H.G. FitzGerald baseball clubhouse. FitzGerald created the W.H.G. FitzGerald Scholarship Program for graduate studies in the humanities in 1987. This program enables four scholars to study for two years at Oxford University. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate "scholarly attainment, leadership ability, and the capacity for devotion to a cause beyond self." FitzGerald is an integral part of the scholarship selection process and serves as a mentor to its recipients. Naval Academy graduates who are FitzGerald Scholars are listed  here.

Selected Biographies of Recent FitzGerald Scholars



Ryan Chapman

Class of 2021

Ryan Chapman, a Holmen, Wisconsin native, was an Honors Quantitative Economics major while at the Naval Academy. During his time as a Midshipman, Chapman served as both the Brigade Commander of the fall semester and Regimental Commander of Plebe Summer. Additionally, Chapman ran marathons and ultramarathons for the Academy, including the Boston Marathon and John F. Kennedy 50 Mile, where he was part of the Kennedy Cup winning team. At Oxford, Chapman plans to pursue an M.Phil. in Politics and Comparative Government.




Aidan Sabety-Mass

Class of 2020

 Aidan Sabety-Mass majored in Honors Mathematics while at the Naval Academy. As a midshipman, he participated in the Trident Scholar Program and his project was titled "Decision Problems in Computational Group Theory." As a Fitzgerald Scholar, Aidan pursued a Master of Science in Statistical Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford. 






Elizabeth Loyal

Class of 2019

Elizabeth Loyal, a Conyers, Georgia, native, is a 2019 graduate of the Naval Academy. As a midshipman, she participated in the US Naval Academy Women's Network where she facilitated discussions on gender relations in and outside of the military. Additionally, Elizabeth sang for the USNA Women's Glee Club and was Deputy Director of Operations for Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in 2018. While at the Academy, Elizabeth majored in Mathematics with Economics major and she will study Economics for Development and Global Governance & Diplomacy during her time at Oxford. Following her graduate studies, Elizabeth will serve as an Intelligence Officer. 

Nicholas Stovall-Kurtz

Class of 2018

Nicholas Stovall-Kurtz is a 2018 graduate of the Naval Academy from Burlington, New Jersey. Nicholas majored in Mechanical Engineering and was an avid participant in various clubs around the yard, most notably, the Society of American Military Engineers, where Nicholas served as Vice President. While at Oxford, Nicholas pursued an Master's of Science in Engineering Science. Nicholas will serve as a Submarine Officer. 

Charlotte Asdal

Class of 2017

Charlotte Asdal is a 2017 graduate of the Naval Academy and hails from Chester, NJ. As a midshipman she was involved in the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, serving as the director her firstie year. Asdal also competed on the Intercollegiate Pistol Team during her time on the Yard. She majored in Chinese while at USNA and continued her studies post-commissioning at Oxford University. She earned a Master of Science in Contemporary Chinese Studies in 2018. Asdal currently serves as a Surface Warfare Officer. 

Hamilton '16
Ethan Hamilton

Class of 2016

Ethan Hamilton is an Austin, Texas native. He majored in Political Science and minored in French at the Naval Academy. During his 1st Class year he studied the issue of forced migration as a part of his honors research. He commissioned as a 2ndLt in the Marine Corps upon graduating in May of 2016.

Hallgren '15
Steven Hallgren

Class of 2015

Steven Hallgren is a 2015 Naval Academy graduate from Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. In his time on the Yard he participated in the Intercollegiate Flight Team and was a Trident Scholar, studying the structures in the transitional odd-odd nucleus of Lu-160. After graduate school Hallgren will head to Pensacola, Florida in order to begin his training as a Naval Aviator.

Chock '14
Justin Chock

Class of 2014

Justin Chock reported to the Naval Academy from Hawaii and studied Political Science. Chock graduated in the top 10% of his class and went on to earn a M.Phil. in International Relations and Affairs from Oxford. Currently he serves in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.

Asdal '13
Kirsten Asdal

Class of 2013

Kirsten Asdal is from Chester, New Jersey and a Mendham High School alum. She studied Chinese at the Naval Academy and went on to earn her Master's Degree in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford. She currently serves as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.

Dransfield '12
Katherine Dransfield

Class of 2012

Katherine Dransfield double majored at the Naval Academy, earning degrees in English and French. She hails from Bridgewater, New Jersey and participated in the Women's Track and Field as a Midshipman. Upon graduating, Dransfield attended Oxford and received a M.Sc. in Social Science of the Internet. 

Honan '11
Stephen Honan

Class of 2011

Stephen Honan reported to the Naval Academy from Fairfax, Virginia and was an Honors Systems Engineering major. As a Midshipman he was involved in Midshipman Group Studies Program, Phi Kappa Phi Society, Naval Academy Foreign Affairs, and the Marathon Team Captain. Honan earned a M.Phil. in Geography and the Environment from Oxford and then began his training as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Officer in the U.S. Navy.

Nathan Fleischaker

Class of 2003

Nathan Fleischaker is a Marine Corps Infantry Officer currently studying at Stanford University as part of the Commandant of the Marine Corps Strategist Program. Most recently he served as the Chief of Plans at the Joint Force Headquarters – Cyberspace (Marines) in Fort Meade, MD. There he oversaw planning efforts to integrate Cyberspace Operations and Capabilities into Combatant Command future operations and plans, focusing on support to DOD counter terrorism efforts. Prior to this assignment he served as an infantry battalion Operations Officer and a Company Commander. He has completed multiple overseas tours including combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and support to numerous multi-lateral partnerships and exercises. A 2003 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (Electrical Engineering), he also holds graduate degrees from Oxford University (PPE) and the Marine Corps University’s School of Advanced Warfighting (Operational Studies). Originally from Carlsbad, CA he currently lives in Columbia, MD with his family.

Kate Oliver

Class of 1999

Commander Kate Oliver hails from Madison, New Jersey. She was nominated to the United States Naval Academy by New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley, and she matriculated there after her graduation from Madison High School in 1995.  During her four years as a midshipman, she achieved multiple accolades including election to national honor societies and awards for excellence in the study of naval tactical warfare, navigation, language, and mathematics. In 1999, she graduated with distinction, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Honors, a minor in Spanish, and standing highest both among graduates entering the Surface Warfare Community and among graduates completing a major in mathematics. Among other honors at graduation, she received the Secretary of the Navy’s Distinguished Graduate Award and she was selected for the William H. G. FitzGerald Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford, England, where she earned a Master of Science by Research in Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing. She was recommissioned as Ensign in the Medical Corps following her lateral transfer from the Surface Warfare Community.  In May 2006, she earned a Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She then reported to National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland for residency training at the National Capital Consortium Uniformed Services Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She reported to the Women’s Health Department at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2014 as a staff gynecologic oncologist, and later, assumed the role director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology where she has been instrumental in divisional healthcare delivery initiatives. In 2017, she was awarded the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology’s National Faculty Award. She has been an active member of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Institutional Review Board since 2015 and assumed the role of Vice-Chair of Institutional Review Board 2 in 2018. She was selected for the role of Vice-Chair of the Naval Medical Center Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee in February, 2019. 

Atkins '92
Ben Atkins

Class of 1992

Ben Atkins is a Naval Academy Class of 1992 graduate. While a Midshipman, Atkins studied Systems Engineering and played on the rugby team. Following his commission, Atkins attended Oxford and earned a M.A. in Politics and Economics. Atkins then reported to Charleston, SC for Nuclear Power School and would go on to serve as a Submarine Officer on fast attack submarines. Following his service in the U.S. Navy, Atkins pursued a career in business. He worked for McKinsey & Company and then transitioned to GE Capital, where he later became Senior Vice President. Today Atkins is the Chief Financial Officer at NextDecade.&

Karl F. Beyer Memorial Graduate Scholarship Recipients

Dr. Kurt Beyer (USNA 1990) founded the Beyer Scholarship in 2019 to honor his father, Karl F. Beyer, who is the only family namesake to survive Nazi Germany. Karl immigrated to the United States after World War II, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and settled in New York to raise a family. Dr. Kurt Beyer graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990, played Varsity Baseball and served as Brigade Commander. Kurt was awarded the Fitzgerald Scholarship (est. 1989) to Oxford University. At Oxford, Kurt completed an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, played on Oxford's UK Championship Basketball team, and rowed for Oxford. Lieutenant Beyer flew F-14 Tomcats and had his naval career cut short due to injury. 

The Karl F. Beyer Scholarship supports up to two years of study in any graduate degree at the University of Oxford, Brasenose College. Beyer Scholars should not only achieve academics, athletic, and leadership excellence, but demonstrate strength of character, courage in their convictions, and the ability to make difficult choices. Scholars should leverage their experience and relationships forged at Oxford to further contribute to the United States Navy and Marine Corps and should lead a lifetime of service committed to their communities and in defense of the United States Constitution. 

Selected Biographies of Recent Beyer Scholars

Leocadie Higginson

Class of 2020

Cadie Higginson, a New Orleans native, was an Honors Robotics and Control Engineering major while at the Naval Academy. She was a member of the Navy Women's Soccer team over her four years at the Academy, finishing her soccer career with a Patriot League Championship and being named an Academic All-American. During her time as a Midshipman, she spent a month in Madagascar where she developed an interest in public policy. She will pursue this interest through the Master of Public Policy program at Oxford University. Following her graduate education, she will report to The Basic School (TBS) to start her path to becoming a pilot in the Marine Corps. 

Turner Scholarship Recipients

The Turner Scholarship offers the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford for one year fully-funded or two years half-funded to one graduating midshipmen for every odd-numbered year (alternating with the Beyer Scholarship).  Scholarship receipients, who have shown distinction in academics and leadership, pursue graduate degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Recent Turner Scholars




Logan Williams

Class of 2021

Logan Williams, of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, is a 2021 graduate of the Naval Academy where he majored in Quantitative Economics. While at the Academy, Logan was the 2nd Battalion Commander, a member of the Dolphin Club, and a Trident Scholar from the Economics Department. Logan will study for a Master of Public Policy and Masters of Science in Global Governance & Diplomacy at the University of Oxford. Following his graduate studies, Logan will serve as a Submarine Warfare Officer.



Megan Hanson

Class of 2019

Megan Hanson, from Woody Creek, Colorado, studied Math with Economics while at the Naval Academy. Megan competed in Women's Varsity Crew Team during her time at the Academy and graduated as the first in her class of 2019. She completed research as a Trident Scholar and moderated for the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. As a Turner Scholar, Megan pursued a Master of Science in Higher Education from the University of Oxford.  






Nicholas A Olson

Class of 2015

Eugene Yang

Class of 2014

Eugene Yang, from Albany, California, studied computer science and minored in Chinese at USNA. Eugene served as Brigade Commander during the Spring Semester of his 1/C Year. During the Fall Semester of his 2/C Year, he studied abroad at the National Taiwan University. As a midshipman, Eugene was active in Baptist Collegiate Ministries. Eugene commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps upon graduation from the Naval Academy. At the University of Oxford, Eugene pursued a Master of Science in Computer Science. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Recipients

Knight-Hennessy Scholars is an international graduate-level scholarship program for study at Stanford University. Knight-Hennessy scholarships provide full funding for students to pursue graduate study at Stanford. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS and PhD programs, as well as all joint-and dual-degrees. The program aims to prepare a new generation of leaders with a deep academic foundation and the broad skill set to develop creative solutions to effect positive change in the world. Knight-Hennessy scholars are selected based on criteria such as: independence of thought, purposeful leadership and a civic mindset. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is the largest fully endowed graduate fellowship in the world, and is funded through the generosity of Stanford Alumnus and Nike Inc. co-founder, Phil Knight, and numerous benefactors. The program is named for Mr. Knight and former Stanford President John Hennessy.  Past Knight-Hennessy Scholarship recipients include:

Selected Biographies of Recent Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Natalie Schieuer

Class of 2021

Natalie Schieuer, from Walton, Nebraska, is pursuing a master’s degree in materials science and engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Spanish minor. Natalie’s research interests are sustainable materials and renewable energy technologies. As a Trident Scholar and Bowman Scholar, Natalie researched applications of piezoelectric materials to wireless power transfer with the Army Research Laboratory. She studied in Spain at the Spanish Naval Academy, served as a Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference moderator, the 7th Company Commander, 2nd Battalion Operations Officer, Catholic Midshipman Club VP, and Regimental Honor and Character Officer. She participated on the USNA Endurance Team, competing in Washington DC’s Marine Corps Marathon, White Lake Half IronMan in NC, and other events. With the USNA Gospel Choir, she performed in Miami, Maryland, Virginia and at the Army-Navy football game.

Andrew Shu

Class of 2019

Andrew Shu, from State College, Pennsylvania graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Chinese in 2019. While attending Stanford, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in international policy at the School of Humanities and Sciences. Shu  aspires to dedicate his career to the issue of the widening Sino-American economic intelligence gap between the US and China, and to enhance America’s national security as a Navy Cryptologic Warfare Officer. He interned at Johns Hopkins’ National Security Analysis Department, at The Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, and at the National Reconnaissance Office’s Mission Integration Directorate. At the Naval Academy, Shu was battalion academics officer of the 5th Battalion, and the director of academics for the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. He was also a jib trimmer with the Navy’s varsity offshore sailing team.

Sydney Frankenberg

Class of 2019 

Sydney Frankenberg, from Charlotte, North Carolina, graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degrees in Cyber Operations in 2019. While attending Stanford, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in international policy at the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. Frankenberg ’s research interests lie at the intersection of cyber security and public policy. She has competed in national cyber policy competitions, hosted by organizations from the NSA at universities around the US. Frankenberg interned at Draper Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at the Office of Naval Intelligence. At the Naval Academy, she founded the Women in Cybersecurity and Computing Club, a platform to drive interest in the cybersecurity field, and was a member of the varsity women’s rowing team. During a semester abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, she studied electrical engineering and international relations, and led part of the Republic of Korea’s initiative to support women in the Korean Armed Forces. As a squad leader, she was awarded Best in Regiment of 180 individuals, and she is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award.

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David Liedtka

Class of 2018

David John Liedtka III, from Hamilton, New Jersey, will pursue a master’s degree in computer science at Stanford School of Engineering. He is ranked first in his class at the United States Naval Academy, where he is a double major in computer science and information technology. David has interned at the National Security Agency in Fort Gordon, Georgia, and at the Maui High Performance Computing Center in Hawaii. He was one of 13 midshipmen selected for the Naval Academy’s Trident Scholar Program, and has lettered as a javelin thrower on the track and field team all four years.

Nolan Scholarship Recipients

Mr. John E. Nolan is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1950. After commissioning, Mr. Nolan served as a Marine rifle platoon leader and battalion intelligence officer in Korea and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat “V” and Purple Heart. While assigned to the Marine Barracks, Washington Navy Yard, he attended Georgetown Law School at night. Upon leaving the service, he enrolled in law school full time and graduated at the top of his class. In his career as a lawyer, Mr. Nolan served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States, played a leading role in the 1962-63 Cuban Prisoner Exchange, and served as the Administrative Assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Mr. Nolan enjoyed a 52-year legal career with Steptoe and Johnson where he has served as Chairman, and in 2003, the District of Columbia Bar cited him as a “Legend of the Law.” Mr. Nolan was a visiting fellow at Cambridge University in 1987 and 1992, was the Founding Chair of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and in 2009, was given the United States Naval Academy’s Distinguished Gradate Award. The John Nolan Scholarship to the University of Cambridge is a scholarship awarded every two years to one Midshipman, preference is given to those who service select Marine Corps. Past Nolan Scholarship Recipients include:

Selected Biographies of Recent Nolan Scholars



Robert Bo Schrader

Class of 2021

A native of Saint Johns, Florida, Bo Schrader commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps with the Naval Academy Class of 2021. While at the Academy, he majored in History and participated in intramural athletics. He was a member of Officers’ Christian Fellowship and a Stamps Scholar. During his Firstie Year, he served as the 3rd Battalion Commander and 14th Company Training Officer. He is pursuing an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge. He will attend The Basic School following his graduate studies. 




Gavin Roser

Class of 2019

Gavin Roser graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace and Astronautical Engineering in 2019. While at the Academy, Roser served as the 1st Regiment Commander, overseeing more than 2,000 Midshipmen. He also interned with the Naval Reconnaissance Office to help develop Counter-Unmanned Aerial System capabilities. In 2017, he was awarded the Secretary of the Navy’s Innovation Scholar Award. Roser commissioned as a Marine Corps Aviator, and he is a resident of Landrum, South Carolina.

Alexis Opferman

Class of 2017

Alexis Opferman graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering in 2017. She commissioned as an Ensign. While at the Academy, Opferman was a member of the Navy Marathon Team, interned at the OPNAV Energy and Environment Division, and volunteered for relief aid in European refugee camps. She is pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations and Politics at Cambridge University and is a resident of Reno, Nevada.

Katherine MacVarish

Class of 2015

Katherine MacVarish is a 2015 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. While in Annapolis, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering and was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship for Turkish studies. At Cambridge University, MacVarish studied Social Anthropology and International Relations. Upon completing her studies, MacVarish headed to Quantico, Virginia to start her Marine Corps career at The Basic School.

William McGee

Class of 2013

Will McGee graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 2013. While at the Academy, he studied History (Honors), and won the National Society Dames of the Court of Honor and the Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century prizes for performance in his major.  He was a four year rower for the Heavyweight Crew Team and was awarded the LCDR Erik Kristensen Trophy for excellence in leadership, academics, and athletics.  At Cambridge University, Will earned an MPhil in Modern European History studying labor issues following the conclusion of the South African War.  Will is currently a Ground Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps and has earned a third place prize in the Proceedings Magazine Marine Corps Essay Contest. 

John Miller

Class of 2011

John Miller graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 2011 and entered the Surface Warfare community. While in Annapolis, Miller was selected by the Olmsted Foundation to study social anthropology and post-conflict development in Vietnam and Cambodia, earned the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, participated in the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, and received the CDR Frank Graziano Memorial Award. At Cambridge University, Miller earned degrees in both Development Studies and Economic and Social History. Since then, he has been a Chief of Naval Operations Essay winner, earned the Surface Navy Association Literary Award, and received the Junior Officer Award for Excellence in Tactics.

Schwarzman Scholarship Recipients

The Schwarzman Scholarship provides a year of study at the Schwarzman College of Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities. Schwarzman Scholars are chosen based on academic aptitude and intellectual ability, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate paradigm changes, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. In 2016, the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars was enrolled in the program designed to give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks. Blackstone Co-Founder, Stephen A. Schwarzman, personally contributed over $100 million to the program, and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. For more information on the Schwarzman Scholars, visit

Selected Biographies of Recent Schwarzman Scholars

Viraj Patel

Class of 2019

Viraj Patel graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Mathematics in 2019. While at the Academy, he maintained a perfect grade point average and held several leadership positions, proudly leading the 15th Company during his senior year. In his summers, Patel interned at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, served as a Plebe Summer detailer, and studied abroad in Hangzhou, China. Patel commissioned into the Navy and entered the Naval Aviation community. He is from Thomasville, Georgia.

Yogaish Khastgir

Class of 2019

Yogaish Khastgir graduated from the United States Naval Aademy in 2019 with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Spanish. In his tenure at the Academy, Khastgir intern with Naval Intelligence, and at the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) conducting research in machine learning and natural language processing. Khastgir has traveled abroad to Cartagena, Colombia to experience life at the Colombian Naval Academy, the Escuela Naval Almirante Padilla (ENAP), and to Beijing to study Computer Science under the direction of professors at Tsinghua University. Many of his favorite experiences at USNA have been teaching and mentoring kids through the Midshipman Action Group’s Mids for Kids program, and programs organized through the Naval Academy STEM center. Khastgir is a future Navy Pilot, Stamps Scholar, and a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Frederick Sutton

 Class of 2017

Erik Sutton is a proud Minnesotan and submarine officer who graduated with a degree in Quantitative Economics from the United States Naval Academy in 2017. Following graduation, Sutton had the opportunity to intern at the Pentagon in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations through the Truman Scholarship Summer Institute program. At the Naval Academy, Sutton was involved with the STEM Center, Midshipmen Action Group organization, and participated in intramural athletics. He also interned at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he supported research on an offshore port development project.  

Ross Gilchriest

Class of 2017

Ross Gilchriest graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2017 with a degree in History. In Annapolis, he was a four-year member of the varsity Sprint Football team, participated in the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, the Jewish Midshipman Club, and The Profession. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. In 2018, he graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's in Global Affairs as part of the Schwarzman Scholarship program. He completed The Basic School (TBS) with Bravo Company 2-19 in June of 2019. He proudly claims the small town of Silsbee, Texas as his home.

Joseph Dinkel

Class of 2016

Born and raised in Cambridge, England before settling in West Lafayette, Indiana, Joseph Dinkel graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2016 at the top of his class. While at the Academy, Dinkel participated in an International Cyber Challenge in Switzerland, served as a Plebe Summer detailer, and had the opportunity to lead at the brigade and platoon level. Upon commissioning, Dinkel entered the Navy SEAL community. 

Daniel Glenn

Class of 2010

Daniel Glenn graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in International Relations in 2010. He served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer in the Navy for 10 years. During his career, Glenn deployed twice in two major campaigns, leading teams called upon to defuse IEDs, dive in search of underwater explosives, and dismantle chemical weapons. He founded two philanthropic efforts in his spare time, earned a Masters degree in Government from the University of Maryland, and broke a Guinness World Record for running a mile in an 80-lb bomb suit in 8 minutes and 30 seconds. 


Pownall Scholarship Recipients

Thomas G. Pownall was a U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1946 graduate. As a Midshipman he played guard for the football team and studied Electrical Engineering. Upon earning his commission he served on a destroyer in the Pacific during the Korean War. Pownall would then go on to pursue a career in business. He joined Martin Marietta in 1963 and became its Chief Executive Officer in 1982. Throughout his life Pownall has supported the Naval Academy and the Brigade of Midshipmen, and through this scholarship Midshipmen have been able to attend graduate school following their commissioning.

Selected Biographies of Recent Pownall Scholars



Madeline Prince

Class of 2021

Madeline Prince is from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and double-majored in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering at the Naval Academy. After graduating, Prince will pursue a Master of Philosophy in Nuclear Energy at the University of Cambridge. After completion of these studies, Prince will report to Charleston, SC to begin training as a Submarine Officer.




Julia Kalshoven

Class of 2020

Julia Kalshoven is from Seabrook, MD and majored in Cyber Operations at the Naval Academy. After graduating, Kalshoven will pursue a Master of Philosophy in Technology Policy and a Master of Philosophy in Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. Upon completion of her studies, Kalshoven will serve in the Surface Warfare community. 





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Cassandra Dooley

Class of 2019

Cassie Dooley is from Bayport, NY and majored in Mathematics with Economics while at the Naval Academy. After graduating, Dooley will pursue a Master of Philosophy is Management at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Once she earns this degree, Dooley will head to Panama City Beach, FL for Dive School in hopes of becoming an EOD officer.

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Scott Davids

Class of 2017

Scott Davids reported to the Naval Academy from Boulder, CO and studied Mechanical Engineering as a Midshipman. After graduating Davids went to Cambridge to earn a graduate degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development. Once he earns this degree, Davids will head to Pensacola, FL to begin his training as a Naval Aviator. It is his ambition to one day fly helicopters.

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Paige Ward

Class of 2016

Paige Ward studied Aerospace Engineering at the Naval Academy. She enjoys traveling, and in her time at the Academy had to opportunity to visit Antarctica. After graduating she attended Cambridge to pursue a M.Phil. in Technology Policy. Following her graduate degree, Ward reported to Pensacola, FL to begin flight school.

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Eric Swanson

Class of 2015

 Eric Swanson is from Shoreview, Minnesota. He graduated 2nd in his class at the Naval Academy, studying physics. During his 1st Class year, Swanson did his Trident Scholar research on black hole entropy. He would go on to earn a graduate degree from Cambridge and report to Charleston, SC to begin Nuclear Power School - the first step in becoming a Submarine Officer.

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Kathleen Mullen

Class of 2014

Kathleen Mullen of Goodfield, IL studied Ocean Engineering at the Naval Academy. As a part of here senior capstone project, she had the opportunity to spend time with the Guatemalan Navy in Guatemala. Also in her 1st Class year, Mullen had the privilege of serving as the First Regiment Commander. In this role she oversaw 3 Battalions, which is the equivalent of over 2,000 Midshipmen. After earning her commission in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign, Mullen went to the U.K. to begin her graduate degree at Cambridge.

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Jordan Gruber

Class of 2013

Jordan Gruber is from Grove City, PA. At the Academy, Gruber was a member of the Men's Track and Field team, competing in the javelin. By graduation he was ranked first in Academic Order of Merit with a 4.0 GPA as an Ocean Engineering major. Gruber went on to study at Cambridge Judge Business School.

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Christopher Duffy

Class of 2012

LT Chris Duffy graduated from USNA in 2012 with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. After interning at the State Department Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, he matriculated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. There, he completed M.Phil. programs in Environmental Policy and Nuclear Energy. His wrote his first dissertation on the development and management of international property law schemes for res nullius and res communis goods; his second was on phase transformation modeling of thick section electron beam welds of SA508 steels. Later, in Washington state, Chris served on the USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) for three years then taught submarine tactics.


Other previous Pownall Scholarship recipients include: 

James Flautt (Class of '89)

Gregory Parker (Class of '90), 

Troy Dinkel (Class of '91), 

Matthew McLaughlin (Class of '92), Michael Hsu (Class of '93), Todd Bode (Class of '94), Reuben Brigety (Class of '95), Marguerite Morrison (Class of '96), Ann Luers (Class of '97), Nicholas Pinson (Class of '98), Jeremy Bruch (Class of '99), Kenneth Roman (Class of '00), David Campbell (Class of '01), George Messner (Class of '02), Donald Tennant (Class of '03), Si Kim (Class of '04), Michael Mabrey (Class of '05), David Haines (Class of '06), Dorothy Van Duyne (Class of '07), Leland Burns (Class of '08), Darby Driscoll (Class of '09), and William Murray (Class of \'10)

Hertz Scholarship Recipients

Since 1963, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has awarded over 1,200 doctoral fellowships with the goal of supporting the early stage research endeavors of applied physical, biological, and engineering science students who possess the potential to change our world for the better by solving difficult, real-world problems. The Hertz Fellowship empowers these outstanding young people with the freedom to innovate and explore their genius in collaboration with leading professors in the field. For over 50 years, Hertz Fellows have succeeded in this endeavor by providing leading ideas, invaluable public service and economic accomplishments in science, business, government and academia.

Selected Biographies of Recent Hertz Scholars

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Christopher Panuski

Class of 2017

Christopher received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the United States Naval Academy in 2017. During his time at Academy, Chris worked on the development of radar signal processing algorithms as an intern at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, created digital image reconstruction techniques at the DoD Cyber Crime Center, and began initial research in photonics. His senior research thesis focused on the development of a mechanically mediated RF-to-optical transducer using integrated photonics. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a cryptologic officer in the United States Navy and, with the support of the Hertz Foundation, joined the Quantum Photonics Group as a PhD student. At MIT, he is excited to continue exploring integrated photonics in an effort to advance the fields of quantum cryptography, communications, and enhanced sensing. Outside of the lab, Chris shares his passion for aviation as a volunteer flight instructor, and enjoys investigating the relationship between leadership and innovation in technical organizations.

Previous Hertz Scholarship recipients include:

John Fericks (Class of '73), Stephen Hopkins (Class of '78), Richard Medley (Class of '80), David Magnoni (Class of '85), Karl Schultz (Class of '93), Jonathan Siegler (Class of '94), Bernard Meehan (Class of '95), William Pritchett (Class of '96), and John Waterston (Class of '99)

Emile Boutmy International Scholarship Recipients

Selected Biographies of Recent Emile Boutmy International Scholars

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Michael Lemonick

Class of 2015

Michael Lemonick is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and originally from Philadelphia, PA. He earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2015 where he played soccer. Following his graduation from the Naval Academy and commissioning as an Ensign, Michael completed a bilingual master’s degree in international relations at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris) as an Emile Boutmy International Scholar. During his master’s studies, Michael was selected as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at the Middlebury College Language Schools and also completed coursework at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, Paris. Michael has also lived and studied in London and Istanbul. Michael is currently serving onboard USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75), stationed in Rota, Spain, where he is the navigator and legal officer. Michael enjoys trying new cuisines, skiing, and driving Arleigh Burke class destroyers around the Mediterranean at flank speed.

University of Southampton - USNA Scholarship

Selected Biographies of Recent University of Southampton Scholars

Nicholas Walden

Class of 2021

Nick Walden graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Cyber Operations and a minor in Spanish as a first generation college student. He’s currently conducting research on the U.S. Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification process.  Nick  intends to do a master's in International Risk and Security at Southampton to research further cybersecurity risk analysis frameworks and models for government agencies’ responses to cyber risks. Nick has been on the U.S. Naval Academy’s varsity offshore sailing team for four years and has skippered several boats. There, he became a diversity peer educator, advocating for multicultural education and inclusion within athletic programs.

Noah Evans

Class of 2020

Noah Evans graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2020 with a B.S. in Oceanography (Honors) and cross-commissioned to the U.S. Air Force to attend pilot training and increase joint-spouse opportunities with his wife, who is also an Air Force officer. Following graduation from USNA, he pursued a MSc in Environmental Consultancy at the University of Southampton with focuses on sustainability and conservation. His Masters Dissertation involves assessing carbon budgets of Nepalese community coffee production for The Glacier Trust, an NGO focused on sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation for remote Himalayan communities. In his free time, he enjoys working as a freelance photojournalist.

Jake Bakkedahl

Class of 2019

Jake Bakkedahl graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2019 with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering. While at the Academy, he was part of a group that went on an LREC to China and served as the 19th Company Commander in the Fall of his 1/C year. At the University of Southampton, he earned an MSc in Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Environment and Buildings), with distinction. He is currently in Pensacola, FL training to become a Naval Flight Officer.

Bakkedahl’s dissertation titled “The Design of a Technical System to Deliver a Carbon Neutral Development on a Brownfield Site in Southampton, UK” partnered with HPW Architecture Ltd., an architectural company based in England. Professor Patrick served as the project’s primary advisor along with secondary advisor Dr. Stephanie Gauthier, both faculty of the Engineering and Physical Science Department at the University of Southampton. The project aimed to create a development that provided mixed-use functionality, on a brownfield site, and operated at a carbon neutral level on an annual basis. This dissertation focused heavily on the layout and implementation of various renewable energy technologies to create a technical system that met the energy demands of the building, while reducing its carbon footprint to virtually zero.

Justin Park

Class of 2018

Justin Park, from Honolulu, Hawaii, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2018 with a B.S. in Cyber Operations and a minor in Japanese Studies. During his time as a midshipman, Park spent a semester abroad at the Japanese National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as a platoon commander. In Annapolis, Park discovered a security vulnerability in the internal USNA networks and was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his findings. His research in cybersecurity continued through internships at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the National Security Agency. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Southampton with a MSc in Cyber Security. His dissertation, under the guidance of Dr. Geoff Merrett, researched methods of detecting ransomware infection in Internet-of-Things devices using power consumption data and machine learning algorithms. Park currently serves as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy.

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