Amherst resident David Poritz among 32 students nationwide to earn Rhodes scholarships

Brian Steele
The Republican

David S. Poritz has spent much of his life crusading for the rights of Latin Americans. This week, that work helped him become one of 32 students nationwide to win a coveted Rhodes Scholarship.

The award provides Poritz, 23, with an all-expense-paid education at Oxford University in England starting next October. He plans to spend one year earning a Masters degree in global governance and diplomacy.

At Brown, he majors in anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean studies. A graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Poritz is also a scholar with the Henry David Thoreau and Harry S. Truman Scholarship foundations.

British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes created the Rhodes Scholarships through his will in 1902. They are among the most prestigious academic honors in the world. Past recipients include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, a long list of congressmen, Supreme Court justices, Nobel Prize winners and other luminaries.

Winning the scholarship is “a very humbling experience,” said Poritz. “It’s a really exciting opportunity. It’s a big honor.”

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