Hannah London

Murray 1693 Scholar
Hometownhannah london

Washington DC
(St. John's College HS)


Art History

Why W&M

The first time that I visited William & Mary was the summer before my junior year of high school. I was blown away by its history, academic rigor, and strength in the arts. Despite the numerous college campus visits up and down the Eastern Seaboard that followed, my interest in William & Mary only grew.

Visiting again the following summer for my interview excited me even more; talking with a current student left me with a deep understanding of the passion that William & Mary students have for both their scholarly pursuits and their school. What made my decision absolutely certain was the 1693 Scholars Finalist Weekend. That's when I really learned about the quality and breadth of the support and resources I would have access to, especially the dedicated advising, research funding, and a special freshman seminar. No other college that I considered demonstrated such commitment to the interests of its students. More than anything, I was impressed by the current scholars and my fellow finalists. Their brilliance, enthusiasm, and diversity made clear to me that the 1693 Scholars Program was exactly what I wanted: a tight-knit community that would support me and drive me to be my best.

 W&M Activities
  • Charles Center Integrated Research Team– studying relationships between development of identity and migration in the Atlantic World through print culture (Spring 2019)
  • Art Editor for The Gallery Literature and Arts Magazine
  • Public Relations for ROCKET Fashion & Art Magazine 
  • Contributor to Acropolis: Arts and Art Criticism Magazine
  • Member of Climbing Club
January-July 2020 
University of Oxford, Hertford College
  • Pursuing four courses in cultural patrimony and art history
Fall 2019 
Università degli Studi di Perugia (University of Perugia)
  • Direct enrollment at Italian university studying art history and cultural heritage 
Università per Stranieri di Perugia (University for Foreigners of Perugia)
  • Month long course followed by certification at the C1 level in second foreign language, Italian
Summer 2019 
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Intern for the Repatriation Department
  • Researched and wrote white paper on 19th century laws governing military removal of Native American property from battlefield and massacre sites; intended to help inform future discussion of items in the NMAI’s collection that are attributed to military contexts 
Summer 2018 
Getty Museum Intern in Events Department 
  • Support for process and execution of events for Museum Education at the Getty Center, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the J.Paul Getty Trust
  • Independent research on Antiquities provenance 
  • Creation of Guide to LA
  • Woody Museum Studies Scholarship Recipient
  • Monroe Scholar 
  • Recipient of the Spanish Honor Society's Bertie Green Travel Award
  • Recipient of the Brother Martin Zewe English Award
  • Recipient of the San Miguel Febres Cordero Award
  • De La Salle Scholar
  • National AP Scholar