Ashland High Graduate Named Rhodes Scholar

ASHLAND – An Ashland High graduate has been named a Rhodes Scholar.

Anna Esenther, a 2019 Michigan State University graduate, has been named a Rhodes Scholar. An Honors College graduate, she holds degrees in economics, psychology, history, education and statistics.

“I’m thrilled to join the 2020 class of Rhodes Scholars and I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to study economics at Oxford,” she told her alma mater Michigan State University. “My greatest hope is that my selection amplifies the voices of both teachers and underrepresented populations in economics.”

She currently a first-grade teacher at Inca Elementary in Buckeye, Arizona.

The Rhodes Trust, the oldest of the major international competitive award foundations, provides 100 of the most outstanding students across the world an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England. Rhodes Scholarships are offered in 22 countries, with the United States receiving 32 of the 100 scholarships.

“Anna is a fitting recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship,” said Helen Zoe Veit, associate professor in the Department of History. “She is smart, motivated and colossally energetic. A first-rate researcher as well as a beautiful writer, Anna has a passionate interest in both history and economics that has already led her to unique insights in both fields. On top of all this, she is an impressively dedicated community volunteer.” 

Esenther received a University Distinguished Scholarship in 2015, to attend Michigan State University. The scholarship provides full tuition, room and board and a stipend for up to eight semesters of study.


Photo and portion of this report courtesy of Michigan State University

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