13 with ties to N.E. selected as Rhodes Scholars

Meghan E. Irons
The Boston Globe
Boston, MA

Thirteen students who live or have studied in New England have been selected as Rhodes Scholars, considered the oldest and best-known scholarship for exceptional postgraduate students around the globe.

Four of this year’s recipients are from Harvard University, four are from Brown University, two are from Yale, one is from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one is from Newton and attends Bryn Mawr College, and one is an Auburn native who attends Princeton University.

The 32 US recipients will join about 50 other newly picked international Rhodes Scholars at the University of Oxford in England next October.

“I’m incredibly excited, incredibly honored, and very excited about the possibility of studying in Oxford,’’ said Elizabeth W. Butterworth, a 23-year-old resident of Auburn who studies the classics at Princeton. “It’s surreal. It’s just been an amazing experience and an amazing opportunity.’’

Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the scholarship covers all Oxford expenses for students who demonstrate outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, according to the Rhodes Trust, a nonprofit that helps to pick the scholars.

Famous alumni include former president Bill Clinton, former US senator and Olympian Bill Bradley, and astronomer Edwin Hubble. 

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