Upstate South Carolina students finalists for Rhodes scholarship

November 24, 2012 by  

The week before Thanksgiving, Rachel Marie Woodlee of Greer, South Carolina and Brian Novak McCracken of Anderson, South Carolina traveled to St. Louis to be interviewed as finalists part of the selection process for the Rhodes Scholar Class of 1913. Both study and represent Wofford College, which no doubt used poster printing and flyer printing to announce the achievements of these students to the college and others in the neighboring community.

Woodlee and McCracken are from District 12, which includes Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Missouri, and are among dozens of finalist from the district. There are almost 200 finalists nationwide against whom Woodlee and McCracken competed and were chosen from the 830 applicants across 300 institutions in America.

The Rhodes Scholar Class of 2013 will include 32 students who are set to visit the UK’s University of Oxford in the fall. The qualities of Rhodes include notable scholarly achievements, commitment to helping others and carrying out good deeds, and potential leadership in their field of study. A British charity, the Rhodes Trust, was established as part of the inheritance of Cecil J. Rhodes and provides full scholarships for the students to attend Oxford.

McCracken is a senior at Wofford and is studying government and economics as a double major and religion as a minor. He has previously worked as an intern and, after graduation, plans to attend law school. Also a senior at Wofford, Woodlee is studying business economics and Chinese as her majors.