MA Academic Excellence Global Affairs

 This award is given to students in the top 10% of the graduating class in Global Affairs.

2024 Awardees

Andrew  Greco

Andrew Greco

Andrew grew up overseas as a third-culture kid where his family moved from post to post throughout Latin America and Asia. He lived in South Korea, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, the Republic of the Philippines, Argentina, and El Salvador. After high school, he returned to the United States to attend James Madison University where he graduated with a B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Spanish language. Post-graduation, Andrew joined Teach for America and taught elementary grades Science and Mathematics in Spanish at an inner-city school in Cleveland, Ohio for four years. In 2023 he decided that a change was in order and enrolled in the Global Affairs M.A. program with a specialization in Global Culture and Society. Andrew expresses extreme gratitude for Dr. Ukata, Dr. Son, Dr. Sauls, Dr. Salm, Dr. Repinecz, and Dr. Breglia for their profound impact on his educational journey.  He also wants to thank Virginia and Dr. Rinker for their absolute support and guidance at every step of the way.  Andrew will use the knowledge, skills, and expertise gained throughout his graduate studies to fulfill his life-long passion of being a part of positive change on the international stage.  Andrew thanks his two incredible brothers and super mother and father for their unwavering support.

Claire  Schroeder

Claire Schroeder

I am Claire Schroeder and I am so honored to have received this award. I did my concentration in global conflict and security. I grew up in Kenya, Germany, and the D.C. area, which led to my interest in the world. Growing up in Kenya sparked an interest in political and security issues in Africa as well as civil wars on the continent. After graduation, I hope to work at USAID or the State Department and eventually live and work overseas. My favorite class was Civil Wars and Stabilization in Africa with Dr. Philip Martin. I am truly appreciative of my experience in the GLOA program at GMU, I got to take fascinating classes with amazing professors and meet other students who will become life-long friends.