On Monday, November 20, Elliot F. Gerson, Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, announced the 32 American citizens chosen as 2018 Rhodes Scholars. Joining a group of international students from more than 64 countries is Choate Rosemary Hall alumnus, JaVaughn "JT" Flowers '13. JT joins nearly a dozen previous scholars from Choate Rosemary Hall ranging from the Class of 1918 to 2013. Rhodes Scholarships are "the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates," according to Gerson.
While an undergraduate at Yale, JT founded an organization called A Leg Even to offer mentors, tutors, faculty connections and other academic and social support to low-income Yale students.
This is the most recent in a series of awards for JT. He received the Yale-Jefferson Medal for Public Service this year. According to Yale, this honor recognizes those people who "inspire the Yale community through innovative, impactful, and sustained service for the greater good". In addition, he was honored with the Harry S. Truman Scholar, John C. Schroeder Award, and was named one of Business Insider's "13 of the Most Impressive Students at Yale Right Now" all in 2016.
A first-generation college graduate, JT helped to design and implement major changes to Yale's financial aid system. After graduation, JT returned to his hometown of Portland to work in Rep. Earl Blumenauer's field office.
JT will study comparative social and public policy at Oxford University in the fall. Congratulations, JT, on this most impressive accomplishment.