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Luke Schoenfelder

US University: Georgetown University

LukeSchoenfelderA native Pennsylvanian, Luke Schoenfelder first developed his passion for both entrepreneurship and environmentalism on his family's farm in Lancaster. He complemented these experiences with a Government degree from Georgetown University, where he focused on international development policy. Concurrently, Luke worked with technology policy at Apple Inc. and managed a variety of emerging market development projects. He is currently working with Habitat for Humanity to implement earthbag technology in Haiti's central plateau and launching an energy company to work with rural electrification projects. He will study for an MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management at the Imperial College Business School in the Fall of 2012.

Matthew Sellers

US University: University of Georgia

MatthewSellers-4f2a5fe4a312cMatt Sellers, a native of Perry, Georgia, will graduate a University of Georgia Foundation Fellow with a BA in English with a minor in history. Matt's interest in social and political upheaval in the early twentieth-century South led him to investigate representations of agrarian populism in Robert Penn Warren's novels. He has presented work at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Matt interned with the US Department of Education and served on the executive board of Roosevelt at UGA, a progressive, student-run think tank. Matt will pursue a Master of Studies in English at the University of Oxford.

Zachary Smith

US University: University of Nebraska System - Lincoln

ZacharySmithZachary Smith will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a B.A. in Music and a second major in Political Science. A Boren Scholar and Truman Scholarship Finalist, Zachary spent seven months studying Arabic and international relations in Amman, Jordan . In summer 2011, he interned at the Washington, D.C., bureau of Al-Jazeera Arabic. At Nebraska, Zachary is president of Young Democrats, an active singer in the opera program and currently is researching the development of Qur'anic recitation for his thesis. He will pursue degrees in Middle East Politics and Islamic Societies and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Jessica Steinberg

US University: Rice University

JessicaSteinbergOriginally from Northampton, Massachusetts, Jecca Steinberg graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. Jecca's college interests included women's health and community development. As an undergraduate, she interned with a women's reproductive rights organization in Mexico and taught a course entitled Poverty in Houston. She now works as Coordinator of Community Bridges, a Rice University program she developed in her senior year that connects undergraduates with the Fifth Ward of Houston for internships aimed at diminishing poverty. Jecca will pursue an MSc in Global Health and Development at University College London during her first year in the UK.

Will Stoeckle

US University: Stanford University

WillStoeckleA Massachusetts native and product of its outstanding public school system, Will Stoeckle will graduate from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations. In past years, Will worked in the private sector in Europe, the U.S. State Department, and the European Commission. He is interested in new models of policy, leadership and governance now emerging among sovereign nations and multinational organizations. He will enroll at Kings College London to study International Political Economy and International Conflict Studies. He looks forward to visiting the Top Gear set, following Liverpool, and immersing himself in all aspects of British culture.

Miles Taylor

US University: Indiana University

Born and raised in Indiana, Miles Taylor studied political science and global security at Indiana University. He is a Truman Scholar and currently works on the House Appropriations Committee, where he has been part of historic efforts to cut government spending. Miles is also co-founder and senior editor at He served as one of the youngest presidential appointees in the Bush Administration and has focused on national security and human freedom while at the White House, Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, and several think tanks. Miles plans to study international relations at Oxford and dreams of becoming a Ghostbuster.

Garrett Turner

US University: Emory University

GarrettTurnerA proud native of Florence, AL, Garrett graduated from Emory University in 2011 majoring in Music and Creative Writing. Garrett took on many roles at Emory including singer, actor, dancer, playwright, and spoken word artist. As a Robert Woodruff Scholar and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, he served as Musical Director of AHANA A Cappella and had two original plays produced in Atlanta. Upon graduating, Garrett won the Bobby Jones Scholarship to study abroad at the University of St Andrews in 2011-2012. For the first year of his Marshall Scholarship, Garrett will pursue an MA in Theatre and Performance from Queen Mary, University of London.

Sophia Veltfort

US University: Yale University

SophiaVeltfortSophia Veltfort, from New York City, will graduate from Yale University as an English major in the Writing Concentration. Her writing has co-won Yale's Wright Prize, placed as finalist in the Norman Mailer College Writing Awards, and been accepted for publication in the Harvard Review. She has interned at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Human Rights Watch, and the Program for Imaging and Cognitive Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center. In the U.K., she will investigate the evolution of portrayals of consciousness in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature. During her first year, she will study English (1900-Present) at Oxford.

Jean Weatherwax

US University: University of South Florida

JeanWeatherwaxBorn in Seattle, Washington, Jean Weatherwax will graduate from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in electrical engineering and a minor in music. A Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and NASA MUST scholar and intern, Jean has done research in several areas, including nanotechnology, biological signal processing, and fabrication of carbon-based electronics for brain-machine interface technology. She is an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and a founder of an organization to benefit the higher education of local youth. Jean hopes to earn an MPhil in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London.