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Miami senior Anne Kafoure is Rhodes Scholar

Anne Kafoure, a Miami senior from Westerville, was named a Rhodes Scholar Sunday (Dec. 9).

She is one of 32 students from around the country selected for the prestigious award program, which provides for two or three years of study at Oxford University in England.

Miami is the only Ohio university and one of only four Midwestern schools — including Ripon College (Wisconsin), Grinnell (Iowa) and Carnegie Mellon (Pennsylvania) — to have a student win the award this year.

The most recent honor is one of a string that Kafoure has received. A children’s book she wrote and illustrated, The Whale Dancer, was published internationally in 1994 when she had just started high school.
At Miami, Kafoure, a triple major in creative writing, English literature and women’s studies, has been named to Phi Beta Kappa, received the Greer/Hepburn Senior Prize in English, been selected to study at Selwyn College in Cambridge, named a Summer Scholar and participated in the university’s honors program.

She also has written for two campus magazines, served as a summer orientation leader, worked as a campus tour guide and been named a Benjamin Harrison Scholar and a Scholar Leader.

Her community service has included serving as a summer intern at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbus, working with mentally and physically handicapped children and helping develop domestic violence prevention and intervention programs. She has also served as a tutor at Stewart Elementary School in Oxford.

"Annie’s lifelong goal is to become a professor. She’s focused on learning and service," said William Gracie, chair of Miami’s Rhodes Scholars Committee.

Gracie and other faculty members described her as passionate about ideas and so modest about her intellectual talent that she expressed surprise after making the finals in the Rhodes competition.

To Miami President James Garland, the latest academic honor demonstrates just how exceptional the student body is and how committed faculty are to undergraduate education.

The university is known for the prestigious national and international scholarships its students earn, including the British Marshall, Fulbright, Truman (nine in the last 15 years) and Goldwater (eight in the last six years), he said.

"Miami’s tradition of high academic standards has long attracted some of the best students in the Midwest and the nation," he said. "The Rhodes sends a message not just about our students, but about our faculty."

Kafoure is the fourth Rhodes Scholar from Miami, according to Robert Schmidt, university archivist. Other Miami winners were named in 1948, 1934 and 1924.

Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 to recognize students for their intellectual ability and their personal qualities, including integrity and leadership potential.

Date Published: 12/13/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 19

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