The latest list of Rhodes Scholars (awarded in November 2013 for the year 2014) includes six recipients from Harvard, three from Yale, and two from Princeton, giving the Ivy League 11 of the 32 awards won by American Students for 2014. Rhodes awards for the year 2013 included 16 winners from Ivy schools.
The University of Virginia led public universities with two winners for 2014; UVA also had a Rhodes scholar in 2013. Virginia and North Carolina are the leaders among all state universities in the number of Rhodes Scholars earned by their graduates. Georgia Tech had one awardee in 2014 and one in 2013.
Congratulations to Virginia winner Evan Behrle, a Jefferson Scholar and Charles S. Tyson, a Beinecke Scholar. Also congratulations to Mississippi State scholar Donald Mayfield Brown, whose senior thesis was on novelist Ralph Ellison. Drew A. Birrenkott of the University of Wisconsin was previously a Goldwater Scholar. Lindsay A. Lee of the University of Tennessee was diagnosed at age 3 with muscular dystrophy. She plans to use her mathematics modeling to promote equal access to health care for all. Melissa L. McCoy graduated summa cum laude in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech. Zarko Perovic of UC Berkeley graduated in the top 5 in his class. Growing up in Serbia, he witnessed firsthand the horror of war crimes, and his research will be directed at making it more feasible for victims to document atrocities.
The most prestigious academic award in the world, Rhodes Scholarships fund two or three years of study at Oxford; at total of 838 students applied this year. The approximate yearly value of a Rhodes Scholarship is $50,000. Increasingly, it appears, the awards are going to students at elite private schools and the service academies, despite some relatively good showings by public universities in recent years.
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point had two winners for 2014. Last year, West Point and Annapolis each had one Rhodes scholar. Stanford also had two.
Additional state university leaders throughout the history of Rhodes Scholarships are Washington, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, UT Austin, Kansas, Mississippi, Arizona, Georgia, and Nebraska.
Rhodes winners are chosen after district-level interviews. At the end of this post are the 32 winners for 2014, by district.
There are 16 districts:
Please be aware that there may be changes in interview locations and the states grouped within Districts from year to year.
District 1 – New York, NY
(Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont)
District 2 – Boston, MA
District 3 – New York, NY
District 4 – Philadelphia, PA
(Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)
District 5 – Washington, DC
(Maryland/DC, North Carolina)
District 6 – Atlanta, GA
District 7 – Birmingham, AL
(Alabama, Florida, Tennessee)
District 8 – Houston, TX
(Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas)
District 9 – Indianapolis, IN
(Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio)
District 10 – Chicago, IL
District 11 – Chicago, IL
(Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin)
District 12 – St. Louis, MO
(Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina)
District 13 – Colorado Springs, CO
(Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah)
District 14 – Seattle, WA
(Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming)
District 15 – San Francisco, CA
(California-North, Arizona, Nevada)
District 16 – Los Angeles, CA
Rhodes winners are chosen after district-level interviews. Here are the 32 winners for 2014, by district.
Jessica Wamala, Milford, N.H., Villanova University
Alexander Joel Diaz, North Bergen, N.J., Harvard University
Elizabeth Hockfield Byrne, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University
Katherine Elida Warren, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Harvard University
Isabel Emma Eggleston Beshar, Rye, N.Y., Yale University
Paolo Poggioni Singer, Bronx, N.Y., Harvard University
Evan Barrett Behrle, Oxford, Penn., University of Virginia
Alexander Gerard Wang, Doylestown, Penn., New York University, Abu Dhabi
Timothy Michael McGinnis, Charlotte, N.C., Princeton University
Charles Samuel Tyson, Chapel Hill, N.C. University of Virginia
Brian Westfall McGrail, Arlington, Va., Williams College
Emma Pierson, Arlington, Va., Stanford University
James O’Connell, Tampa, Fla., Wake Forest University
Lindsay Evans Lee, Oak Ridge, Tenn., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Melissa Loreice McCoy, Dallas, Texas, Georgia Institute of Technology
John Mikhael, Dallas, Texas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adam Mastroianni, Monroeville, Ohio, Princeton University
Courtney Wittekind, Mason, Ohio, Carnegie Mellon University
Vinay Nayak, Oak Brook, Ill., Yale University
Calla Glavin, Birmingham, Mich., United States Military Academy
Drew Alan Birrenkott, McFarland, Wisc., University of Wisconsin
Samuel Martin Greene, Spring Green, Wisc., University of Chicago
Donald Mayfield Brown, Vicksburg, Miss., Mississippi State University
Joshua Allen Aiken, Eugene, Ore., Washington University, St. Louis
Meredith Lukens Wheeler, Fort Collins, Colo., Stanford University
Erin Alexandra Tanith Mauldin, Albuquerque, N.M., United States Military Academy
Suzanna Marie Fritzberg, Lake Forest Park, Wash., Yale University
Andrew Scott Lea, Richland, Wash., Harvard University
Miles William Unterreiner, Santa Barbara, Calif., Stanford University
Clarke Knight, Henderson, Nev., Smith College
Aurora Catherine Griffin, Westlake Village, Calif., Harvard University
Zarko Perovic, San Diego, Calif., University of California, Berkeley