An Emory & Henry College senior—and the quarterback for the E&H football team—was honored recently as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, the most prestigious student award in higher education.
Kyle Boden, a chemistry and biology double major from Knoxville, Tenn. was one of a dozen students chosen from some 360 applicants in the South as a finalist for a scholarship to study at Oxford University in England.
Nationwide, only 32 students are chosen each year for the scholarship. Typically, those students are drawn from larger research institutions and Ivy League schools.
Emory & Henry is a model for what a college should be, because it is an education that challenges students to serveKyle Boden
"I am thankful for the opportunity I had to represent Emory & Henry on a national level and to meet remarkable students from around the country who are compelled to take on challenging issues our world faces in the 21st century."
Boden, who hopes to attend medical school and specialize in orthopedic medicine, told Rhodes Scholar judges of his desire to be involved in medical mission work in developing countries. He hopes to establish a nonprofit organization devoted to addressing orthopedic health needs in central and southern Africa.
Emory & Henry is a model for what a college should be, because it is an education that challenges students to serve, Boden said. Emory & Henry "challenges student to stand up for what they believe in, to step up as leaders in the community, and to set an example for the rest of the world."
As a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Boden was invited to an interview with judges in Birmingham, Ala. While there he met other finalists, includes students from Vanderbilt, Stanford, Harvard and Princeton universities. "I am hopeful that I was able to represent Emory & Henry in a manner that forces other institutions to respect our college," Boden said.
Boden is a highly involved campus leader who has been engaged in service projects and student government. He also is the highly decorated quarterback of the E&H football team, having won numerous NCAA and Division III recognitions as both a talented athlete and a successful student.