UA Rhodes Scholar finalists, though not chosen, learn from experience

The Crimson White

Two University of Alabama students were chosen as finalists for the American Rhodes Scholarships this semester, and though neither was awarded the scholsarhip, both felt the process prepared them for their future and taught them about themselves in the process.

Emma Fick, a senior majoring in English, and Hannah Hicks, a senior majoring in philosophy and religious studies, were both selected as finalists for the Rhodes Scholar program, an international fellowship that fully finances 32 recipients from more than 300 American universities to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Both Fick and Hicks said they started their application process in the spring, working directly with Brad Tuggle, the campus representative for the scholarship, and the University’s Committee of Prestige Scholarships and Awards. After survivng two rounds of University-level cuts and interviewing with the committee, they submitted a 1,000-word personal statement, a two-page resume, eight letters of recommendation and an academic transcript to their district committees.

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