2 UVa Students Among Rhodes Scholar Selections

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

November 24, 2013

Two University of Virginia students are among the 32 Americans selected to be 2014 Rhodes Scholars. The students received the news Saturday.

"I can't really describe how it feels. I'm just kind of overjoyed and overwhelmed and over-everything," said UVa fourth-year student Charlie Tyson. "I was just really sort of honored and excited that Rhodes trusts saw some sort of spark in me that they wanted to ignite."

Tyson, who's from Chapel Hill, N.C., is studying political and social thought as well as English literature at UVa.

Next October, he will begin two one-year Master's programs at the University of Oxford, one in Victorian literature and another in the history of science.

"One of the many things that excites me about literature is that literary works give you a really good glimpse into how people think and how those ways of thinking, those attitudes or ideas, change over time and also over space because different communities think in different ways," said Tyson.

Evan Behrle, also a fourth-year student, will head overseas as a Rhodes Scholar as well.

The Oxford, Pa., native plans to spend his time in England studying comparative social policy or politics, with a focus on entrenched urban poverty in post-industrial cities in the developed world, with an emphasis on the United States.

"This interest was very much born of my experience as a high schooler. Every day, I would drive though Baltimore to my nice, relatively secluded private high school, and each day I would drive past kids who may well have been like me in every single way -- and yet who were living very different lives merely because of where they were born," said Behrle. "This seemed then -- and seems now -- a profound and unnecessary injustice."

Tyson says, while he has yet to visit Oxford, he anticipates it being reminiscent of UVa in some ways.

"It's beautiful. It's a lot like UVa in that it's this historic place that's infused with this sort of air of solemnity, but it seems also a lot of fun and really great place to connect with other people."


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Four students with Virginia ties have been selected as 2014 Rhodes Scholars.

They're among 32 American students who were named Sunday. They'll be awarded scholarships to study at England's Oxford University.

Charles S. Tyson is a senior at the University of Virginia studying political and social thought and English. The resident of Chapel Hill, N.C., is executive editor of The Cavalier Daily.

Evan B. Behrle also is a senior at U.Va. The native of Oxford, Pa., is majoring in government and foreign affairs.

Two Arlington residents also were named Rhodes Scholars.

Brian W. McGrail is a senior at Massachusetts' Williams College, where he majors in political economy and history.

Emma Pierson graduated from Stanford University in June with a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in computer science.

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