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Ogden Honors Student Zachary Faircloth Named Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

Ogden Honors College senior Zachary Faircloth, a native of Pineville, La., has been named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

“The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the most prestigious academic awards in the world, and Zack’s scholarship, service and leadership epitomize the profile of a successful Rhodes candidate,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “We know Zack will represent LSU and his fellow students well in this elite competition. His success is a strong reminder that LSU’s academic excellence allows our students to compete in the national – and international – marketplace.”

Faircloth is a Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College student majoring in electrical engineering and political science with minors in leadership development and Spanish. He is a Stamps Leadership Scholar and serves as LSU Student Body President. Faircloth will be interviewed by the district selection committee on November 19 in Birmingham, Ala.

“It is a blessing and an honor to be selected for the Rhodes Scholarship Finalist competition,” Faircloth said. “I’m humbled by the opportunity to represent LSU and am thankful for all of the people at LSU and at the Ogden Honors College who have helped to make this a possibility.”

“Since I’ve arrived on LSU’s campus, I’ve seen Zack become a truly outstanding honors student, public speaker and leader,” said Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle. “It makes me proud to see him represent the Ogden Honors College, LSU and the state of Louisiana in this competition.”

The Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising assists students in applying for prestigious undergraduate and post-graduate fellowships and scholarships. For more information about fellowship advising resources contact

About the Rhodes Scholarship

Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904. For more information, visit


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