Fourth-year students Evan Behrle and Charles Tyson have received Rhodes Scholarships, becoming the University’s 49th and 50th Rhodes Scholars. UVA and the U.S. Military Academy were the only two public institutions to have more than one scholar selected this year. The scholarships fully fund two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
Behrle, an honors politics major in the College of Arts & Sciences, is an Echols and Jefferson Scholar who served as chair of the Honor Committee. His research focuses on comparative social policy, examining how different governments respond to societal problems—particularly issues of urban poverty.
“I am attracted to public policy and to politics because they hold within them the potential to solve the most pressing problems of our age, both in their consequences and through their practices,” says Behrle.
Tyson, who majors in political and social thought and English in the College, was the executive editor of the Cavalier Daily and is a Robert Kent Gooch Scholar, a Beinicke Scholar and an Echols Scholar. Tyson will pursue two one-year master’s programs, one in Victorian literature and another in history of science, after which he plans to return to the U.S. for a doctorate in English literature.
“My dream is to be a writer and a professor,” Tyson says. “As a product of public schools, I hope to work at a state institution. I’m inspired by the powerful impact a liberal arts education can have on a person … I would love to have the chance to mentor and teach students, to cultivate their talents, and to write about serious ideas in a way that general readers can understand.”