Nov. 29, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy women's track and field senior hurdler Katie Whitcombe is one of two students at the Naval Academy to be named a Rhodes Scholar for 2013.
Nearly 1,000 applicants compete for one of 32 Rhodes scholarships, which provide U.S. citizens two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Among the 32 winners, 21 came from just six schools: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cornell, the Naval Academy and West Point.
Whitcombe is a Chinese major and plans to earn a Master of Philosophy in modern Chinese studies at Oxford. She plans to use the degree to develop better policy on counter-terrorism in Southeast Asia and find correlations between terrorism and organized crime like human trafficking. Whitcombe hopes to serve as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after graduation from the Naval Academy.
At the Naval Academy, she is a member of the varsity track and field team and competes in the hurdles and sprints. Her top 60m hurdle time is 11.15 and her top 400m hurdle time is 1:08.15.
She spent spring semester 2012 studying in China as part of the academy's semester abroad program. During summer 2012, she worked with abused girls in concert with Volunteers for Visayans in the Philippines as one of the inaugural recipients of the Naval Academy's new Summer International Service Leadership Scholarships.
Rhodes Scholars are chosen based on high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor.
Whitcombe joins 46 Naval Academy graduates who have received Rhodes Scholarships. She is the third Rhodes Scholar recipient from the Patriot League, and first since Army's Liz Betterbed in 2010.
Release Courtesy of Naval Academy Public Affairs