Courtney Wittekind, a 2009 Mason High School graduate, was recognized at the board’s Tuesday meeting.
The 2013 Carnegie Mellon graduate is one of 32 Americans and 80 people worldwide to win the prestigious scholarships, announced in November.
The program covers the full cost of attending the Oxford University in England for two to four years. Wittekind, 23, plans to pursue a doctorate degree in anthropology, with a geographical focus on Burma, also called Myanmar.
“Rhodes really stood out to me for its goal of funding scholars who will fight ‘the world’s fight,” said Wittekind. “That was a concept that really struck a chord with me and continues to parallel my own vision for the work I hope to do in the future.”
Wittekind said she was inspired to study the conflict-plagued region after she arranged to graduate early and then traveled to Thailand for nine months, where she volunteered at a school serving Burmese refugees and migrants.
Wittekind is currently interning with the Brookings Institution, a Washington D.C.-based think tank. She’ll begin her studies at Oxford in the fall of 2014.
She is the daughter of Tom and Jill Wittekind of Mason.