Two From Rhodes Nominated for Luce Scholars Competition

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Rhodes’ Postgraduate Scholarship Committee has nominated Carter King ’20 and Caroline Clark ’15 for the 2020-2021 Luce Scholars competition. Rhodes is one of only 75 colleges and universities eligible to make nominations for the nationally competitive fellowship, which is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York. 

The annual selection of 15 to 18 Luce Scholars is a rigorous process. Once selected, Luce Scholars are expected to gain new perspectives and cultural insights about their host countries through immersive living and working experiences in Asia for one year.

The 2020-2021 Class of Luce Scholars will be notified in February.

A senior computer science major, King studied Android Mobile Software Development abroad in Budapest, Hungary, in the summer of 2018. He currently works as a programming and data analyst intern at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through Rhodes’ St. Jude Summer Plus program. At Rhodes, he is a teaching assistant tutor in the computer science department and president of the computer science honor society. He also is one of the captains on the baseball team.

“I applied to become a Luce Scholar because of the incredible opportunity it provides to simultaneously immerse myself in a brand new culture while also allowing me to gain professional experience,” says King. 

Clark graduated from Rhodes in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and art. She currently is enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Vermont in anticipation of applying to medical school. A health justice advocate and a working artist, she has completed an artist residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, consulted for small businesses, and served as an HIV/AIDS social worker.  

“The Luce Scholars Program would afford me the opportunity to spend a meaningful amount of time in another country, as well as encourage my growth as a leader thanks to its dual focus on promoting leadership and fostering meaningful experiences in Asian countries,”  says Clark.