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Citadel News Service
17 Nov 2006

Cadet is finalist to be Rhodes Scholar

Cadet Douglas J. Schmid of Arlington, Wisc., is a finalist in the prestigious Rhodes Scholar competition. He will attend one of 16 district interviews this weekend. He could know by Nov. 21 if he has been selected.

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Named a Truman Scholar as a junior, senior Douglas J. Schmid is a finalist in the Rhodes Scholar competition. 

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were created in 1902 and annually bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected in 1904.

Jack Rhodes, director of The Citadel Honors Program, said only two scholarships are available in each of the 16 U.S. districts. Between 10 and 16 invited candidates compete in each district. Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs are paid for.

“The process is very competitive and we are extremely proud of Cadet Schmid. He has a stellar academic record in addition to being an outstanding all around cadet,” Rhodes said.

Last year Schmid was named one of 75 college juniors nationwide to receive a $30,000 fellowship for graduate study as a Truman Scholar. A senior this year, Schmid is a political science major with a concentration in international affairs. He has received Gold Stars and been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement and this year is commander of Charlie Company.

Schmid is a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and plans to be commissioned as a Marine officer upon graduation in 2007. He is a Citadel Scholar, a member of the Honors Program and president of The Citadel's Toastmasters chapter. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, The Citadel Chorale and holds a second degree black belt.

Schmid has expanded his interest in political science by serving as a presidential fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for the Study of the Presidency. He has worked as a South Carolina Fellow for Ohio Congressman Rob Portman and as an advertising and educational strategist for The Turner Foundation in Atlanta.

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