Mont. student from Idaho is named Rhodes Scholar

Associated Press
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

A senior at Montana State University is one of 32 American college students named Sunday as prestigious Rhodes Scholars.

Joseph W. Thiel of Boise is majoring in chemical engineering and liberal studies with a focus on politics, philosophy and economics.

The prestigious award provides Thiel with a scholarship at Oxford University in England, where he plans to study economics for development.

Thiel was the vice president of Engineers Without Borders at Montana State, and has worked in Kenya to provide water to rural primary schools. He is also a student representative on the Board of Regents of the Montana University System.

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