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Harrison King '11 a Rhodes Scholarship finalist


Harrison King '11, abroad last year
Harrison King '11, abroad last year
Joseph "Harrison" King (Miami '11) was selected as a finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship competition. He was one of 212 applicants from 88 colleges and universities to reach the final stage of competition out of 838 applicants who were endorsed by 302 institutions.

Approximately 1,700 students sought their institution's endorsement for the Rhodes Scholarship, the "oldest and best known award for international study." Thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars were selected in the final competition Nov. 17.

King was a 2011-2012 Carnegie Junior Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, one of the world’s leading think tanks specializing in international affairs. He was one of about 10 students nationwide awarded the 2011-2012 fellowship from among 225 institutionally endorsed candidates.

Many Study Abroad Opportunities

While at Miami, King took advantage of many opportunities to study abroad through Miami-sponsored programs including the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies’ summer workshops in Ukraine and Russia; the Novgorod Intensive Summer Language Program; and the department of geography workshop, Sustainable Development and Eco-tourism in the Eastern Caribbean.

He spent his junior year at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, through the Council on International Education Exchange and in 2009 was chosen as a representative for the Vienna International Model United Nations conference.

"Uncanny Sense of Cultural Texture"

Harrison King during the Havighurst Center's Summer Program in Russia, 2008
Harrison King during the Havighurst Center's Summer Program in Russia, 2008
King “is a person of absolutely outstanding character and a natural intellectual leader,” said Karen Dawisha, Walter Havighurst Professor of political science, and director of the Havighurst Center. “He is a student with the most uncanny sense of locality, space and cultural texture. With all of his travel, he manages more than any student I have ever known to connect in meaningful and serious ways with the local community.”

The Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. They were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer. Rhodes Scholars are chosen on the basis of high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor.

The thirty-two 2013 Rhodes Scholars chosen from the United States will join an international group of scholars chosen from 14 other jurisdictions around the world.


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