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UNG announces first Rhodes Scholarship finalist
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The University of North Georgia has announced that Anna Møller is the university’s first Rhodes Scholarship finalist. 

According to a press release by the university, Møller is UNG’s Student Government Association (SGA) president and a senior International student pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in organizational leadership. 

The Rhodes Scholarship is a national postgraduate award for students to study at England’s University of Oxford and is the oldest and most prestigious international graduate scholarship in the world. According to the release, Møller, who is a Danish citizen, applied to the Global Rhodes Scholarship, which is an exceedingly competitive international scholarship. 

“The entire University of North Georgia community is incredibly proud of Anna and this achievement,” UNG President Bonita Jacobs said in the release. “Her drive and leadership skills have been evident throughout her time at UNG, and this accomplishment will propel her to further success.” 

Anastasia Lin, UNG’s assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, nominated Møller for the scholarship. Lin, who also directs UNG’s Nationally Competitive Scholarships office, mentored Møller through the extended application process along with several other faculty and staff members. 

“Anna is unstoppable. She possesses a unique blend of academic excellence, leadership savvy and a genuine commitment to making the world a better place,” Lin said in the release. “She has honed her skills relentlessly through her work on sustainability issues, Student Government and the Honors Program.” 

Finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements, their character, commitment to others and to the common good and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead, the release said. 

“Anna is also the kind of leader our world needs,” Lin said. “She creates consensus through intelligent, informed and highly skilled dialogue and then takes effective action that leads to lasting change informed by community collaboration.” 

The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established in honor of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue their degree or degrees at the University of Oxford. 

After applying for the scholarship, Møller passed a rigorous interview process and then participated in a virtual social. 

“The social engagement event brings all candidates together. I got to know who I was competing against and the panelists in an informal setting, but it’s still part of the process,” Møller said in the release. “It’s been a tradition that the finalists form a camaraderie, a community.” 

After the social event, Møller and the other finalists participated in individual interviews before learning who the winners of the scholarship were. 

“It’s so difficult to become a Rhodes finalist that reaching that status in itself is something that companies and universities will recognize,” Møller said in the release. “I’m still very happy with the process, and when asking what I could have done better, they could not pinpoint anything. I simply wasn’t the best match available.”

During her time at UNG, Møller has been a student leader on the university’s sustainability committee, and she plans to become an environmental scientist and leader. 

“I’m unique because I bring a psychological perspective into it in terms of how can we make these environmental solutions actually work out within communities in countries in terms of what are the psychological barriers between that collaboration being successful,” Møller said in the release. 

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