Paul Shorkey, Sigma ’11, Named Rhodes Scholar
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
Paul Shorkey, Sigma ’11, Named 2011 Rhodes Scholar
The Rhodes Trust recently announced the 2011 class of Rhodes Scholars, and Paul Shorkey, Sigma ’11, was among the elite group of 32 of the nation’s top students. As a recipient of the scholarship, Brother Shorkey will have the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom for two to three years beginning next October.
With more than 1,500 students vying for this year’s coveted scholarship, Shorkey feels incredibly honored and proud to represent the University of North Carolina, which has produced more than 47 Rhodes Scholars since the its inception.
Brother Shorkey is one of 14 Rhodes Scholars to come out of Alpha Sigma since 1938. Previous recipients are John Foreman '38, Robert W. Spearman '65, Thomas M. Bello '71, Ford Runge '74, Jim Cooper '76, Hubertus Jan Van Der Vaart '77, Robert Allen Long, Jr. '80, Caleb Kimball King '81, Bryan Hassel '88, Ryan Balot '90, David Ball '92, Ben Lundin '07, and Henry Spelman '10.
"I think that speaks volumes for the kind of Brother that Alpha Sigma values, and for how supportive the Brotherhood is of both academic and social excellence,” Shorkey says. He also notes that many of his Brothers were very supportive throughout the rigorous application and interview process. He gives special thanks to Forrest Flemming, Sigma ’11, who Shorkey feels was instrumental in helping prepare his personal essay.
In addition to serving Alpha Sigma as a Fall 2009 Recruitment Chair and a Fall 2010 Pledge Trainer, Brother Shorkey also conducts research in two campus psychology laboratories and serves as President of the Club Golf Team. Shorkey also serves as Senior Adviser to the Executive Branch of Student Government.
"I'm most looking forward to getting to study Neuroscience and Psychological Research at Oxford. I think it will be an amazing place to learn more about the brain, biological bases of behavior, and how to do sound research,” says the UNC Morehead-Cain Scholar. Shorkey credits the UNC Office of Distinguished Scholarships for helping him seek this incredible opportunity.
When asked how Chi Psi has prepared him for this prestigious honor, Shorkey says, "Being around the Brothers of Alpha Sigma has been preparation in and of itself; they have pushed me to pursue excellence in all pursuits and have ultimately kept me grounded and focused throughout my years.”
We congratulate Brother Shorkey for his incredible accomplishments and his ability to exemplify the Chi Psi gentleman.