New Rhodes scholarship winner is Pace grad student teaching in South Bronx

A graduate student at Pace University’s School of Education who teaches Social Studies in the South Bronx, Scott M. Thompson, is one of this year’s 32 winners of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarship for US students studying abroad, the Rhodes, for study at Oxford.

Contact: Chris Cory, 212-346-1117, cell 917 608 8164, ccory@pace.edu

PACE UNIVERSITY STUDENT WINS RHODES SCHOLARSHIP

Future social policy expert is now teaching social studies in South Bronx under auspices of Teach for America, attending Pace evenings, weekends and on-line

NEW YORK, NY, November 21, 2007 — A graduate student at Pace University’s School of Education who teaches Social Studies in the South Bronx, Scott M. Thompson, is one of this year’s 32 winners of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarship for US students studying abroad, the Rhodes, for study at Oxford.
Thompson is a full time teacher at the Theatre Arts Production Company School in the Tremont neighborhood of the South Bronx (182d and Webster). After undergraduate work at Stanford, he is in the second year of a two-year program at Pace as part of the Teach for America (TFA) partnership, attending classes weekends, evenings, and on line. He is the first Pace student to have won the award. Previous Rhodes Scholars include former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, and singer Kris Kristofferson.
In recent years, Pace students have been competing more and more successfully for prestigious postgraduate fellowships, most notably the Fulbrights. Last year Pace students won eight.
Pace now enrolls approximately 915 TFA students, the vast majority of the TFA teachers in New York City.
Thompson will complete his MST (Master of Science in Teaching) this spring in Adolescent Education with a concentration in Social Studies. He maintains a 4.0 Grade Point Average.
Contacts. Thompson lives in lower Manhattan on Hudson St. and is reachable by cell at 646-593-0700 or by email at scottmt24@gmaila.com

Commentary on the significance of the award is available from a Pace official who earned his D.Phil. in English Literature at Oxford, Geoff Brackett, the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; from Harriet Feldman, PhD, Interim Dean of the school of education, and from Thompson’s professors (names and contact information on request).

Interest in social policy. The biography of Thompson released last Sunday by the Office of the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust http://www.rhodesscholar.org/ says: “Scott M. Thompson, New York City, graduated from Stanford in 2006 in psychology and political science. Following Stanford, he has taught with Teach for America in a school in the South Bronx while obtaining a master of arts in teaching from Pace University. He has also interned in government offices in Sacramento and Washington, DC, and for the National Center for Youth Law, and co-founded and edited a new undergraduate journal. Scott plans to do the M.Phil. in social policy and social work at Oxford.” (Note: the release says he is earning an MA in teaching, but the school confirms it is an MS.)

Vigor. Rhodes Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of “high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.” The awards were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes.

The news release says the monetary value of the Rhodes Scholarship “varies depending on the academic field and the degree (B.A., master’s, doctoral) chosen. The Rhodes Trust pays all college and university fees, provides a stipend to cover necessary expenses while in residence in Oxford as well as during vacations, and transportation to and from England. The total value averages approximately $45,000 per year.”

For 101 years Pace University has combined exceptional academics with professional experiences and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

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