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Arden Farr named a 2021 Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Arden Farr in front. of a fountain
Arden Farr (Photo by Stephanie Schupska)

She will begin a master’s degree in international policy at Stanford University

University of Georgia senior Arden Farr, an Honors student from Memphis, Tennessee, has been selected for the fourth cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, a global graduate-level program at Stanford University.

Established in 2016, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program provides full funding for graduate students as they pursue studies ranging from medicine to law to doctoral programs as well as joint and dual degrees.

The program is designed to prepare students to take leadership roles in finding creative solutions to complex global issues. Farr is UGA’s third Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

“As someone who has taught and worked closely with Arden, I know that she is a most deserving recipient of the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship,” said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of the Honors Program. “It is evident that Arden’s academic, internship and service background informs her long-term interests in defense, diplomacy, human rights and public service. Taking into account the leadership roles Arden has already filled both on and beyond our campus, I am sure that she will be a force for positive change in the future.”

Arden Farr poses in front of a building

Arden Farr (Photo by Stephanie Schupska)

A Foundation Fellow, Farr will graduate this spring with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and economics from the School of Public and International Affairs and Terry College of Business, respectively. She will begin a master’s degree in international policy at Stanford University in the fall.

She plans to apply to the Presidential Management Fellowship, putting her on a direct track to a leadership position in the federal government. Her goal is to work in the federal government, advocating for arms control policies that are conscious of human rights.

Farr is currently an Undergraduate Research Fellow for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, focused on the intentions and capabilities of ISIS and the degradation of the norms of weapons of mass destruction.

Her list of previous internships as a UGA undergraduate is extensive—she was an analytical intern with the U.S. Department of Defense, digitally tracking information campaigns and propaganda; a remote research intern with the Justice Centre Hong Kong, analyzing the human rights situation; and an analytical and legal intern with the Freeland Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand, researching countertrafficking programs. Her internships with the U.S. Department of State include the Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, investigating gross violations of human rights; the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism, working with partner countries and updating databases of nuclear trafficking incidents; and the Global Engagement Center, tracking disinformation and propaganda campaigns.

She was a Public Service and Outreach Scholar with UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit, focusing on state-wide foster care programs; and a Research Fellow with the KAIST Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center in Daejeon, South Korea, conducting research on the future of nuclear power in South Korea.

Farr has been a CURO research assistant, Honors Policy Scholar, and member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program. She has served on the executive board and as external engagements coordinator for Roosevelt at UGA.

During her time at UGA, Farr studied abroad at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science Technology and the University of Oxford. She has been awarded the Senator Chambliss Leadership Fellowship and the U.S. Department of State Certificate of Appreciation. She speaks German, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

UGA’s major scholarships coordinator, housed in the Honors Program, provides students from across campus with assistance as they apply for national, high-level scholarships. For more information, visit or contact Jessica Hunt at