City man is Rhodes Scholar

Associated Press

A Philadelphia man pursuing a degree in African American studies and political science at Yale University has been named one of 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars.

Jordan Konell will use his scholarship to pursue a master's degree in comparative social policy at Oxford University in England. Konell, a graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia, is a senior at Yale.

Rhodes Scholarships were established in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential, and physical vigor, among other attributes.

Konell was editor-in-chief of the Yale Undergraduate Law Review and has worked at Philadelphia's Public Interest Law Center and as a community organizer. He's also a jazz trombonist. In New Haven, Conn., Konell is the executive adviser to Community Health Educators, the largest community organization on the Yale campus.

Konell was one of about 1,600 American students to seek a Rhodes Scholarship this year. In addition to the American winners, more than 40 students from around the world will receive the scholarships this year. Many of those attend U.S. colleges or universities but have applied through their home countries.

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