Madeleine Ary Hahne
Madeleine Ary Hahne plans to use her doctorate degree as a step to help with climate change and bridge political divides. Her 2020 award of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship will help complete her plan. The award of a full-cost scholarship will enable her to pursue a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. Cambridge offers approximately 25 of their 80 full-cost scholarships to U.S. students. Applicants are judged on four criteria—outstanding intellectual ability, reasons for choice of course, a commitment to improving the lives of others, and leadership potential.
- Hahne was at home with her husband when the notification email entered her inbox: “I burst out, ‘Oh my gosh, I think I actually got the scholarship!’”
- “It was extremely exciting for us,” she continued, adding it was a moonshot she never thought she’d get. After a few prayerful days, she said accepting the scholarship felt like “the right choice.”
Hahne is the Director of Programs for Tracks of Peace, a UK Charity designed to promote a conflict resolution model which emphasizes "people to people diplomacy" in conflict zones to create prosperity and well-being. The Board of Trustees and Advisors of this program comprise 22 Lords and Baronesses in the UK Parliament. Prior to this position, she worked as a Program Officer with the Middle Eastern and North Africa department at the National Democratic Institute supporting teams in Iraq and Lebanon. She also completed a White House Internship with the Department of Presidential Correspondence. As a Woolf Scholar, Madeleine earned her master's degree from the University of Cambridge reading Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Madeleine is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and her husband have one child.