Sewanee senior Carrie Ryan is one of 32 American students chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2012, making her the 26th Rhodes Scholar from the University of the South, according to a news release.
The awards, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. The winners were selected from 830 applicants endorsed by 299 different colleges and universities. The scholars will enter Oxford next fall.
Ryan is a cultural anthropology major at the University of the South. The president of the student body and a student trustee, she also co-founded the campus diversity coalition and won the 2011 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award for all public and private universities in Tennessee.
She founded an organization fostering relationships between public school students and residents of retirement communities. Her interest in serving the elderly and extensive academic work in gerontology led her to two research opportunities -- one at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California and the other in Visakhapatnam, India.
She will pursue a master's of philosophy in evidence-based social intervention at Oxford.