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Eastern has first-ever Rhodes Scholar finalist

RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky University senior Nick Koenig recently competed as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and most celebrated award for postgraduate international study. Recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship study at the University of Oxford in England with all expenses covered for several years.

Only 32 American students were chosen as winners, and while not ultimately selected as a 2021 Rhodes Scholar, Koenig’s participation in the final stages of the competition on Nov. 21 is still a historic achievement for an EKU student.

He is EKU’s first student to reach the interview stage of the competition.

The Rhodes Scholar selection committee receives hundreds of qualified applicants annually. They are judged on academic achievement, integrity, leadership ability, inclusivity and the energy to use their talents.

A Louisville native, Koenig is working on a degree in biology (with a concentration on botany) alongside four minors and two university certificates. He is an advocate for social justice and inclusivity and has published 12 articles in newspapers such as the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Richmond Register and the Eastern Progress.