Former Torrey Pines High School student Stephanie J. Bryson was among the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States.
Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, called the Rhodes Scholarships, “the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates.” They were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer. The first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904; those elected today will enter Oxford in October 2012.
Bryson received her B.A. summa cum laude and was valedictorian at the California State University, Long Beach in May. Bryson is the university’s first Rhodes Scholar. She majored in international studies, with a concentration in western Europe, and minored in political science. She is now at Georgetown University pursuing an M.A. in German and European Studies. Bryson also spent a year at the Humboldt University in Berlin and interned at the U.S. mission to the European Union in Brussels. She also trained and supervised lifeguards in Del Mar and has worked in the Wounded Warrior Project and for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Bryson will do the M.Phil. in politics at Oxford.
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