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Rhodes Winners & Candidates

UC Endorsed Candidates

Brian Barney

Brian Barney (’15) was a UC endorsed candidate for the 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. Brian graduated from the College of Allied Health Sciences with a B.S. in Health Sciences and conducted research on neuroexcitability, therapeutics, and recovery. Along with being a varsity athlete and captain of the UC’s Men’s Track & Field team, Brian was also a Cincinnatus XV Presidential Scholarship recipient and a Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate scholar. Brian served as President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, President of the ADVANCE Organization, Vice President of Inter-Greek Affairs for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and represented the Men’s Track & Field Team at the UC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Brian was awarded Student of the Month by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly Endeavors, and Creative Practice, Mr. Kuamka 2014 through the African American Cultural Resource Center, an Undergraduate Research Council Summer Fellowship, and Athletic Department Legion of Excellence Award.

Ashleigh Tuma

Ashleigh Tuma (’13) was a UC-endorsed candidate for the 2014 Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships. Ashleigh graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in International Affairs from the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and was awarded the 2013 Eleanor Hicks Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior Woman. In 2011, Ashleigh was awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship, which allowed her to spend the summer studying Arabic in Morocco. While at UC, Ashleigh was involved on campus as the Co-President of the Arabic Club, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Sigma Theta honor societies, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  Ashleigh completed a self-designed co-op with the US Air Force and was hired on as a full-time civil servant upon graduation.


Kyle Quinn, Boren Scholar

Kyle Quinn ('13), an accounting student in the Lindner College of Business and a member of the Lindner Honors Plus Program, was UC's endorsed candidate for the 2012 Rhodes Scholarship. Kyle spent the 2012-2013 academic year studying in Brazil as a recipient of the Boren Scholarship. Kyle studied at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in São Paulo, Brazil and perfecting his Portuguese. Kyle has an interest in social stustainability projects and wrote about the potential threat of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to U.S. national financial security in his Boren Application. Kyle hopes to become a U.S. Diplomat after graduation. Click here for Kyle's blog!


Paul Kruchowski

Paul Kruchowski ('10) was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship in 2011. Paul graduated from UC in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in individualized interdisciplinary studies with a focus on cross-cultural communication, as well as a certificate in international human rights. Paul is also a Distinguished University Honors Scholar and a recipient of the 2010 Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence and the McKibbin Prize. During his undergraduate career, Paul completed numerous internships at the State Department, where he began full-time work as an Education and Youth Officer in the Department's Bureau of International Organization Affairs following graduation. He has focused on human rights issues as well as education and youth issues, particularly creating educational opportunities for girls and women. Paul says that UC's philosophy of integrating real-world experience with theoretical knowledge has contributed to his success. Paul has made UC history, as he is the first UC alum to be named a dual finalist for both the Rhodes & Marshall Scholarships.


Historic UC Recipients

1938: Gilmore Stott was a Graduate Student in UC's Philosophy Department. Stott earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from UC before he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. Read more about Stott's achievements here and here.

1935: Herbert Brown received his Bachelor's degree at UC and was studying at Harvard when he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Brown was originally from Cincinnati and graduated from Walnut Hills High School.

1925: Joseph Wilfred Sagmaster's chief interest was in the "philosophical side of literature." He specialized in English and Philosophy and "read for honors" in the department of Philosophy. During his time at UC, he was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa and authored a play. He also conducted "The Novel Rack" (column) in the "News" and "Bearcat" during his senior year.

1917: Elmer Hoover Van Fleet was a captain of the University Cross-Country Team, secretary of the Vigilance Committee, and a member of many student organizations, including the "News" staff. He died in service during WWI.