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UTC's Robert Fisher is Rhodes Scholar: school's 3rd in 128 years

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In a list dominated by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT and Brown, you can add a student from Chattanooga's university. Robert A. Fisher, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has been chosen as one of 32 Rhodes Scholars-elect for 2015.  He majors in Political Science, and minors in History and Africana Studies. A Truman Scholar with a perfect academic record, he is also a two-term student body president.  He was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam as a student representative to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  He is a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. 

Fisher, a 2011 graduate of Rossview High School in Clarksville, Tennessee, was chosen by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke to co-chair a task force to develop a more vibrant and inclusive downtown, and is a mentor at Brown Academy in Chattanooga.  Much of his university and community leadership is focused on issues relating to racial inequality in America, and is influenced by his deep interest in black political thought.  He plans to earns his Master of Philosophy in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University in  England.  

 The winners were selected from 877 applicants endorsed by 305 different colleges and universities. The scholarships, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England.

Rhodes scholarships were created 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.

The American students will join an international group of scholars selected from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. Approximately 80 scholars are selected annually.

The value of the scholarships averages about $50,000 per year.  To see the complete list of winners, click here.
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