Fels Student Awarded 2017 American Rhodes Scholarship

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November 20, 2017

Above: Christopher D'Urso, one of 32 American Rhodes Scholarship Recipients. (Photo: Eric Sucar)

The Fels Institute of Government congratulates MPA Candidate Christopher D’Urso, '18, for being selected as a 2017 American Rhodes Scholar. Christopher is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations while simultaneously completing a Master of Public Administration through the submatriculation program made available to Penn undergraduates.


According to www.rhodesscholar.org, “Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.” This prestigious award, which allows recipients the opportunity to pursue graduate- or undergraduate-level studies at the University of Oxford, is given to only 32 American students each year, each of whom are selected from a large pool of highly competitive applicants from universities all across the nation. At Oxford, Christopher intends to earn a master’s in criminology and criminal justice, as well as global governance and diplomacy.


"We are very proud of to hear that Chris received the Rhodes Scholarship," said Dr. John MacDonald, Penny and Robert A. Fox Faculty Director, "Chris exemplifies the original goal of the Rhodes Scholarship to promote civic-minded leadership. In addition to being an excellent student, he has shown a tireless commitment to contributing to public service at Penn and in his home state of New Jersey. We look forward to witnessing Chris succeed in his career plan to reduce public corruption around the world."


Dr. Nelson Lim, Executive Director of the Fels Institute of Government, stated, "We are very proud of Chris. He joins a proud tradition of reformers including our founder Samuel Fels, who would have considered Chris a fellow crusader for his passion to protect consumers and fight against public corruption. We are confident that Chris will have a distinguished career in public service, even more so because of the opportunities this prestigious fellowship provides."



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