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SP2 Student Awarded Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

University of Pennsylvania May graduate who is currently completing her master’s degree at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford.

Penn’s 2021 Rhodes Scholar is Mackenzie Fierceton from St. Louis, currently residing in Philadelphia. Fierceton earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Arts & Sciences and is currently completing her clinical master’s in social work degree after submatriculating into the SP2 program in 2018.

“We are extremely proud of Penn’s newest Rhodes Scholar. Committed to research and advocacy to make a positive impact in the world, Mackenzie is so deserving of this prestigious opportunity to build upon her Penn education and experience,” said President Amy Gutmann.

“As a first-generation low-income student and a former foster youth, Mackenzie is passionate about championing young people in those communities through her academic, professional, and personal endeavors, dedicating herself to a life of public service.”

The Rhodes is highly competitive and one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The scholarships provide all expenses for as long as four years of study at Oxford in England.

Fierceton is one of the 32 American Rhodes Scholars chosen to represent the United States. According to the Rhodes Trust, this year more than 2,300 American students began the application process; 953 were endorsed by 288 different colleges and universities; and 238 applicants from 86 colleges and universities reached the final stage of the competition.

Read the full story about Fierceton in Penn Today.


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