Torrey Pines High grad named Rhodes Scholar

Jen Lebron Kuhney
Sign On San Diego
Carmel Valley, CA

San Diego has produced its third Rhodes Scholar in two years after Torrey Pines High School and California State University Long Beach graduate Stephanie Bryson was selected for the prestigious honor Saturday.

Hundreds of American students apply for the 32 scholarships to Oxford University each year. The scholarships were established after the death of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes in 1902. His goal was to allow the top students from around the world to come together at his alma mater, Oxford, to study and help contribute to a global society.

Bryson graduated from CSU Long Beach in May and is the first Rhodes Scholar to come out of her university — a fact that was not lost on her when she was given the designation.

“I’m the only one from a state school,” she said about her fellow 31 Rhodes Scholars. “We’ve seen how little respect public education can get sometimes, but I hope that this shows it can provide wonderful and rewarding opportunities.”

Bryson double majored in German and international studies with a concentration on Western Europe while getting a minor in political science before pursuing her master’s degree at Georgetown University.

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