Considered one of the most prestigious awards for international study, the Rhodes Scholarship was created in 1902 at the bequest of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. The award provides all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford to those students who best exemplify “academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness and leadership potential.”
Olivia A. Klevorn of Chicago is a senior at Yale College, where she majors in anthropology. Active in the performing arts, she directs the Heritage Theatre Ensemble, which presents the works of black artists, and is president of WORD, a student-run poetry association. Her mother was among the first African Americans to move to Ferguson, Missouri, when the city was virtually all white. Much of her academic work is focused on the problem of disinvestment in low-income minority communities and the resultant inequality in home ownership. At Oxford, Klevorn intends to pursue a D.Phil. in Socio-Legal Studies.