Congratulations to Morgan Mohr – Kokomo High School’s Class of 2013 Valedictorian, is one of 32 U.S. college students name 2017 Rhodes Scholars
Morgan is a senior at Indiana University Bloomington studying political science, history, and feminist policy. According to a press release from IU officials, the straight-A student will study comparative social policy at Oxford University in England with the scholarship. Morgan intends to pursue a career in law and public policy. The KHS grad came to IU Bloomington as a Wells Scholar, one of 20 winners of the university’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship.
The National Merit Scholar noted that KHS had “uniquely prepared me to earn the Wells. I could have attended a private high school, but I chose KHS because of the AP (Advanced Placement) offerings, the outstanding teachers, and the extracurricular opportunities.”
The AP National Scholar and National Debate Top 18 Award winner completed 17 AP courses while at KHS. Morgan entertained offers from Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Virginia, and the Naval Academy before deciding to become a Wells Scholar at IU.
The IU press release noted that Morgan has taken active and responsible roles with political campaigns – including Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for president – interned with government offices, and founded campus groups to combat injustice.
“Morgan is a truly outstanding student and a remarkable civic leader,” Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie noted in the university-issued press release. “She combines a fundamentally moral vision of a compassionate and just world with a pragmatic optimism that people working together can achieve that vision. Morgan’s efforts to improve university policies and promote justice and equality have been exemplary. We at Indiana University are enormously proud that she has been named a Rhodes Scholar.”
The 2017 U.S. Rhodes Scholars were announced recently by the Rhodes Trust. The scholarship covers all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. First, applicants must be endorsed by their college or university. This year approximately 2,500 students sought their institution’s endorsement; 882 were endorsed by 311 different colleges and universities. Committees of Selection in each of 16 U.S. districts then invited the strongest applicants to appear for an interview. Applicants are chosen on criteria set down in the will of Cecil Rhodes and include: academic excellence, great personal energy, ambition for impact, and an ability to work with others to achieve one’s goals. In addition, a Rhodes Scholar should be committed to making a positive difference in the world, be concerned for the welfare of others, and be conscious of inequities. Finally, Rhodes Scholars should show great promise of leadership.
Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, added “These basic characteristics are directed at fulfilling Mr. Rhodes’s hopes that the Rhodes Scholars would make an important and positive contribution throughout the world. In Rhodes’s words, his Scholars should ‘esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim.’”
Morgan, who will graduate from IU Bloomington in the spring of 2017, is among the 532 women who have won the coveted Rhodes Scholarship since women became eligible in 1976. According to the Rhodes Trust, this year, women constituted 53% of the applicant pool – the first time in the history of the Rhodes Scholarships that more women than men applied. Fifty-six percent of this year’s finalists were women, and 18 of the winners (56%) were women… tying the record number from 1995.
“I am honored and genuinely humbled to receive the Rhodes scholarship,” Morgan noted in the IU press release. “Indiana University has been an infinitely rich place for me to learn, grow, and work. Because of this, I will always be indebted to the Wells Scholars Program for bringing me here and for contributing profoundly to my development.
“I also want to thank my professors, peers, and fellow activists for the exceptional work they do every day and for enabling me to join their communities,” Morgan added. “I look forward to my two years of study at Oxford, but especially to tackling the challenges beyond.”
Submitted for publication by Assistant Director of Communications, Kokomo School Corporation
Follow the link to view the IU Bloomington press release.