East Chapel Hill HS Alum Named 2014 Rhodes Scholar

Rachel Nash

CHAPEL HILL -  Chapel Hill native Charlie Tyson has been selected as a 2014 Rhodes Scholar. He currently attends the University of Virginia and has been awarded the prestigious post-graduate scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England next fall.

Only 32 Americans are selected for the scholarship each year.

Tyson said he was “confident he wasn’t going to be selected” going into the Rhodes Scholar interview Saturday morning in Washington D.C., but found out the good news that afternoon.

“A funny story is that they asked all of the finalists to bring hard copies of their transcripts in the afternoon in case they were selected. I didn’t even bother to bring mine,” Tyson said humbly, though his collegiate resume is impressive. “I left my transcript at my hotel room because I was so sure that I had no chance of winning this thing.”

The twenty-one-year-old is majoring in political and social thought and English at UVA. Tyson will pursue two one-year master’s programs at Oxford, one in Victorian literature and another in history of science, after which he plans to return come back to the U.S. for a Ph.D. in English literature.

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