UGA students win all four prestigious scholarships


Students have received all four of the top national awards this year, marking the third year UGA has had students named Truman, Goldwater, Udall and Rhodes scholars.

Smitha Ganeshan, an anthropology major from Johns Creek, was the only student in the state, and one of only 62 overall, to receive a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which recognizes juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government and elsewhere in public service. She will receive up to $30,000 for graduate study. Ganeshan is UGA’s 18th Truman scholar.


Philip Grayeski, a genetics and chemistry major from Raritan, N.J., has been named a 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Grayeski is one of 271 recipients of the one- and two-year scholarships that recognize exceptional sophomores and juniors in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences. He will receive up to up to $7,500 per year for university expenses such as tuition, fees, books and room and board. UGA has had a total of 44 Goldwater scholars.














Two students were among 50 students nationwide who were awarded 2013 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholarships. Sara Black, an anthropology and ecology major from Birmingham, Ala., and
 Ian Karra, an economics and finance major from Roswell, will receive up to $5,000 from the scholarships, which are awarded annually to outstanding sophomores and juniors pursuing careers focused on environmental or Native American public policy. UGA has had 12 Udall scholars.

Karra and Black

As reported in the March 2013 GM, Juliet Elizabeth Allan, of Atlanta, who is majoring in Arabic, economics and international affairs and earning a master’s degree in international policy, was awarded a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship to attend England’s Oxford University. She is the 23rd Rhodes scholar from UGA.  Get more on UGA’s Honors and Foundation Fellows programs at