September 27, 2023
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Two Midshipmen named Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Frankenburg and Shu
Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Frankenburg (L) and Midshipman 1st Class Andrew Shu (R)

1st Class (senior) Sydney Frankenburg, 21, of Charlotte, N.C., and Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Andrew Shu, 22, of State College, P.A., were recently selected as Knight-Hennessy Scholars. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program provides full funding for students to pursue a graduate degree at Stanford University.

Frankenburg and Shu are two of 69 scholars selected to the program’s second cohort of students. Over 4,400 candidates competed for one of the 69 scholarships awarded.

Frankenburg is a cyber operations major at the Naval Academy. As a midshipman, she interned for Draper Laboratories at the Office of Naval Intelligence, and spent a semester abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, studying electrical engineering and international relations. Frankenburg is a member of the Naval Academy Varsity Women’s Rowing Team, the founder of the Women in Cybersecurity and Computing Club, and a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award. Frankenburg plans to pursue a master’s degree in international policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences.

Shu is a mathematics and Chinese double major at the Naval Academy. As a midshipman, he interned at Johns Hopkins’ National Security Analysis Department, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, and at the National Reconnaissance Office’s Mission Integration Directorate. At the Academy, Shu was the academic officer of the 5th Battalion, the director of academics for the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, and is a member of the Navy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team. Shu plans to pursue a master’s degree in international policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences.

Knight-Hennessy scholarships provide full funding for students to pursue graduate study at Stanford. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS and PhD programs, as well as all joint-and dual-degrees. The program aims to prepare a new generation of leaders with a deep academic foundation and the broad skill set to develop creative solutions to effect positive change in the world. Knight-Hennessy scholars are selected based on criteria such as: independence of thought, purposeful leadership and a civic mindset. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is the largest fully endowed graduate fellowship in the world, and is funded through the generosity of Stanford Alumnus and Nike Inc. co-founder, Phil Knight, and numerous benefactors. The program is named for Mr. Knight and former Stanford President John Hennessy. The 2019 cohort of scholars is 48 percent women, and includes citizens from 20 countries who will pursue degrees in 37 programs at Stanford.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.  More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top-25 best liberal arts college.  Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, cyber security, and military law.  Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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