UNC student awarded Rhodes Scholarship

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte native attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is among 32 American students selected as 2013 Rhodes Scholars to receive scholarships to Oxford University.

Rachel Myrick, 21, was selected Saturday for the award that pays all expenses for up to four years of study at the university in England. A 2009 graduate of Myers Park High School in Charlotte, Myrick is majoring in political science and global studies, with a minor in creative writing.

Myrick has attended UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead-Cain Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship to UNC that also funds four summer enrichment experiences and additional educational opportunities. The university says Myrick plans to use her Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a master's degree in international relations, studying the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict in world politics.

Reached by phone Sunday, Myrick said she hoped to use the opportunity to spent more time studying international conflicts and rebuilding firsthand by traveling abroad, potentially to Africa.

"I'm really, really excited that I'm going to be able to go study at a very global university like Oxford ... and have a broad-based experience," said Myrick, who hopes to also earn a doctorate degree. "I'm on Cloud Nine."

During high school, Myrick said her interest in conflict resolution was piqued during a high school trip to Cambodia with a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization.

"I learned a lot about genocide reconstruction," she said. "It's been an intellectual and personal interest."

Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes and have a value of about $50,000 per year.