Josh Aiken wins Rhodes scholarship, to study at Oxford starting fall 2014

Michael Tabb

Senior Josh Aiken, Washington University’s 27th Rhodes scholar and its first in three years, said he has been in a daze since receiving the good news Saturday afternoon—early enough to celebrate with his friends and family in a frenzy before the news came out and the congratulations poured in.

Previously a member of Student Union and student representative to the board of trustees, Aiken is one of 32 men and women from around the country to win the Rhodes scholarship this year.

Currently co-chair of the Mosaic Project and resident advisor on the third floor of Koenig House, Aiken is a double major in American culture studies and political science with a minor in psychology.

At Oxford University, he plans to get a master’s of philosophy in sociology and demography, but he still technically needs to apply to and be accepted by the program. Pending formal admission, he will spend two years in the United Kingdom, tuition and fees fully covered, after which he plans to return to the States and ultimately attend law school.

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