Rhodes scholar aims to act on lofty goals

Andy Gross
The Riverdale Press

Recently named Rhodes scholar Paolo Singer of Van Cortlandt Village is not only a brilliant student, but also an aspiring humanist with a vision of an economically more egalitarian world.

Mr. Singer, 22, spent his formative years living on Broadway across the street from Van Cortlandt Park. The Stuyvesant High School graduate,  currently a Harvard senior majoring in economics, was among 32 American students awarded a Rhodes Scholarship Nov. 22.

“I believe this opportunity comes with great responsibility to society,” said Mr. Singer. “My hope is what I learn and accomplish at Oxford will prepare me to become a better policymaker, economist and global citizen in the future.”

Cecil Rhodes established a trust for the Rhodes Scholarship as part of his will. The first scholarships were awarded in 1902 after his death. Mr. Rhodes, who earned his fortune in mining, was named the first chairman of De Beers in 1888. The firm once controlled 90 percent of the rough diamond trade.

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