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Katie Kirk named finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

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Katie Kirk, a recent summa cum laude graduate with a major in philosophy and minors in German and English, is one of three at Auburn University to be named finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

All three finalists will interview Nov. 16-17 to possibly be named among 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars who will pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

In addition to Kirk, the two other finalists are senior Natalie Palmquist and spring graduate Chris Maurice. Kirk and Maurice will interview in Birmingham as part of Rhodes District 7. 

“Our students engage and lead at extraordinarily high levels, and Chris, Katie and Natalie are wonderful examples of Auburn excellence,” Auburn President Steven Leath said. “We are eager to see the impact they will have on their communities and our world.”

Only 200 students are named finalists each year by the Rhodes Trust from among 1,000 students endorsed by their respective universities. The Rhodes Trust is a British charity established in 1904 to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes. Auburn’s Office of National Prestigious Scholarships in the Honors College coordinates Auburn’s endorsement process.

Katie Kirk, of Little Texas, Alabama, graduated in spring 2018. She received the President’s Award for the College of Liberal Arts last spring as the top graduating senior. Her honors also include being a 
recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Second-Year Award; selected as Phi Beta Kappa her third year; and a finalist for Female Student Leader of the Year in 2017-2018. Last spring she was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany and is working at the Herschelschule 
Gymnasium in Hannover. 

If named a Rhodes Scholar, she will pursue a second bachelor’s degree in psychology, philosophy and linguistics.

Last Updated: November 14, 2018