UNC-Chapel Hill student wins Rhodes Scholarship

jstancill@newsobserver.comNovember 18, 2012 

— A UNC-Chapel Hill student from Charlotte has been chosen for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University in England.

Rachel M. Myrick, 21, a senior and Morehead-Cain scholar at UNC-CH, was among 32 Americans selected for the Rhodes on Saturday. She is the 48th student from UNC-CH to win the scholarship.

An honors student and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Myrick is majoring in political science and global studies, with a minor in creative writing. The daughter of Thomas Graham Myrick and Patricia Oliver Myrick of Charlotte, she graduated from Myers Park High School in Charlotte in 2009.

As a Morehead-Cain scholar, Myrick received a full four-year scholarship at UNC-CH, including summer enrichment experiences.

She spent the last three summers working for a domestic violence shelter in Belize, an international development firm in Cambodia and a strategic consulting firm in Washington.

Myrick is the student body vice president and chair of the student advisory committee to Chancellor Holden Thorp.

She put together a conference at the university early this year with a group of 15 students who raised $25,000 to host the event.

“The Rhodes is a well-deserved honor for this exceptionally bright student, and it will provide even more opportunities for Rachel to make a difference in the world,” Thorp said in a news release about Myrick’s honor.

The Rhodes Scholarship funds two or three years of study, an estimated $50,000-a-year value.

At Oxford, Myrick will pursue a master’s degree in international relations, studying the causes and conflicts of ethnic conflict.

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