Barrett ’14, Skokowski ’15, Yerima ’15 named Rhodes Scholars

Daily Princetonian Staff
Daily Princetonian

Joseph Barrett ’14, Rachel Skokowski ’15 and Sarah Yerima ’15 have been selected as recipients of the U.S. Rhodes Scholarship, the organization announced on Sunday.

The Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to 32 recipients from the U.S. and over 100 students worldwide including the U.S. They provide students the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford.

Barrett, of Port Washington, N.Y., concentrated in history with a certificate in South Asian studies and graduated summa cum laude last June. He was the recipient of a Senior Thesis Prize for his work on American history and was awarded the 2014 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize. The Pyne Prize is the University’s highest general distinction for an undergraduate student.

Barrett went on the University’s Bridge Year Program before his freshman year and studied in Varanasi, India. He also worked with the Millennium Challenge Corporation and was exposed to governmental agencies and policies.

“It has made me very aware of the importance of engaging with other cultures in meaningful ways,” he said. “There are policy-level governmental structures that we have in the U.S. which we assume are good just because we don’t have an understanding of the ways which other countries [handle them].”

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