Chi Psi's Latest Rhodes Scholar
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Chi Psi’s Ben Lundin, UNC/Sigma ’07,
Named Chi Psi’s latest Rhodes Scholar
NASHVILLE, TN -- Chi Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce that Benjamin W. Lundin, a member of Alpha Sigma at the University of North Carolina has been named a 2007 Rhodes Scholar. Since 1965, 11 of the 23 UNC recipients have been members of Chi Psi Fraternity.
Ben Lundin is from Nashville, TN, and is the son of Keith and Linda Ludin. He is a senior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, majoring in Religious Studies. Ben graduated from the University School in Nashville in 2003 and has attended the University of North Carolina on a Morehead Scholarship, a four-year, merit-based full scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship. At the University, Ben co-founded a student organization that focuses on religion and society, designed an undergraduate course on creationism, served on the University’s Honor Court, taught English to Spanish-speaking University employees, and is co-captain and co-coach of UNC’s club lacrosse team. Ben has also interned for Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) and worked in a public defender’s office in Peru. Ben will use the scholarship to earn a Master’s degree International Relations at Oxford. He will study the political influence of religious movements and write a thesis on religion in global conflict.
On 20 November 2006, the names of thirty-two American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest and best known award for international study, were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer. The first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904; those elected now will enter Oxford in October 2007. Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two stage process. First, candidates must be endorsed by their college or university. Approximately 1500 students each year seek their institution’s endorsement; this year, 896 were endorsed by 340 different colleges and universities. Committees of Selection in each of 16 districts then invite the strongest applicants to appear before them for interview.