32 Rhodes Scholars Announced
Dec. 07, 1998
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The 32 U.S. college students made their mark in different ways: One led the effort to discourage the waving of the Confederate flag at school sports events while another developed an expertise in science at the same time he learned to speak English.
For accomplishments such as these, the students now each share the distinction of being awarded Rhodes scholarships, which provide two or three years' study at the Oxford University in England.
The Rhodes scholarships, oldest of the international study awards available to American students, were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and colonial pioneer.
With the selections announced late Saturday, 2,854 American students have won Rhodes scholarships since the first selection in 1903. The 32 recipients were chosen from 909 applicants endorsed by 310 colleges and universities. Ninety-six applicants from 67 colleges and universities reached the final stage of the competition, said Elliott Gerson, American secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust.
Among the winners are:
_ Samuel Calvin Thigpen, of Jackson, Miss., a senior track runner and student body president at the University of Mississippi who led a drive to discourage the waving of the Confederate flag at sports events;
_ Jose D. Vargas of Gaithersburg, Md. is a senior at Loyola College of Maryland who emigrated to this country from the Dominican Republic with his family before he entered high school. Vargas developed his deep interest in science while learning English.
The following is a list of the scholarship recipients, by district:
Christopher L. Douglas, Southboro, Mass., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cary C. Franklin, Avon, Conn., Yale University
Dena Pedynowski, Succasunna, N.J., Drew University
William R. Polkinghorn, Santa Monica, Calif., Colby College
Antonio Delgado, Schenectady, N.Y., Colgate University
Jonathan Finer, Norwich, Vt., Harvard College
Siobhan K. Peiffer, Southampton, N.Y., Yale University
Erin V. Whelan, Monroe, N.Y., Iona College
Jennifer L. Bumgarner, Hickory, N.C., Wake Forest University
Jeffrey D. Manns, Wynnewood, Pa., University of Virginia
Carla J. Peterman, South Orange, N.J., Howard University
Jose D. Vargas, Gaithersburg, Md., Loyola College in Maryland, a native of the Domincan Republic who developed an interest in science while learning English.
Mary Anne Franks, Pine Bluff, Ark., Loyola University New Orleans
Neil A. Hattangadi, Orlando, Fla., Duke University
Beth A. Shapiro, Lindale, Ga., University of Georgia
Samuel Calvin Thigpen, Jackson, Miss., University of Mississippi, who led a drive to discourage the waving of the Confederate flag at sports events.
Erin A. Bohula, Park Forest, Ill., University of Chicago
Walter R. Cooper, Carmel, Ind., United States Military Academy
Maureen N. Dunne, Downers Grove, Ill., University of Chicago
Margaret C. Gleason, Louisville, Ky., Saint Louis University
Jennifer R. Gruber, Omaha, Neb., Boston University
Akash K. Kapur, Minneapolis, Harvard College
Mira Lutgendorf, Iowa City, Iowa, University of Chicago
Antwaun L. Smith, St. Joseph, Mo., University of Missouri
Bobak Robert Azamian, Boise, Idaho, Rice University
Sean M. Braswell, Denton, Texas, University of Texas at Austin
Manuel-Julian R. Montoya, Mora, N.M., University of New Mexico
Navin Narayan, Fort Worth, Texas, Harvard College, a cancer survivor and chairman of the National Advisory Commitee of the American Red Cross.
Karen Y. Matsuoka, Los Angeles, Stanford University
Lisa A. Poyneer, Renton, Wash., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ryan M. Rowberry, Henderson, Nev., Brigham Young University
Alon Unger, Phoenix, Arizona State University