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Two Canadian Dartmouth Students Chosen as Rhodes Scholars

Hanover — Two Dartmouth College seniors from Canada have been named Rhodes Scholars and will become students at Oxford University in England next fall.

Jonathan Pedde and Joseph Singh are two of 11 scholars chosen from Canada. The scholarship is known to be one of the most prestigious postgraduate academic awards given to college graduates. The scholarship pays all graduate program expenses and students are selected from around the world.

Dartmouth’s last Rhodes Scholar was Gabrielle Emanuel, who was awarded the scholarship in fall 2010. Dartmouth has had 75 Rhodes Scholars, including Pedde and Singh, since the program began in 1903.

Pedde, of Regina, Saskatchewan, is a economics and mathematics double major with a minor in engineering sciences at Dartmouth, and he is planning to receive a master’s degree in economics from Oxford. He said in an interview on Monday that he’d like to work in public policy, acting as a bridge between academia and policy making.

During his time at Dartmouth, Pedde has written for the opinion section of The Dartmouth, the college’s student newspaper, and he has co-edited the section this year. He is also on Dartmouth’s ultimate Frisbee team.

Pedde said he became interested in the scholarship during his sophomore summer term when he attended a discussion with Dartmouth advisors about the scholarship. His interest continued when he studied abroad at Oxford’s Keble College during fall 2012.

As part of the interview process, finalists were invited to a wine and cheese reception on Friday in which they met fellow finalists in their home country, and then potential scholars were interviewed Saturday morning and found out if they were accepted on Saturday night.

“I think it was a combination of surprise and gratitude,” Pedde said. “They interviewed numerous people in my region and we all met on Friday. These were well-spoken and interesting individuals.”

Singh is from Toronto, Ontario and is a government major with a public policy minor with a focus on international security issues. At Oxford, he plans to earn a master’s in international relations. He hopes to eventually work for Canada’s foreign service and represent Canada abroad.

At Dartmouth, he is the head writing assistant for the Student Center for Research, Writing and Information Technology, which helps students improve their research and writing skills. He is also a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow and a member of the Dartmouth Aires, an a cappella group.

He has also testified about voter identification reform in front of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

“I want to learn about the key security challenges that Canada will be facing and use my time there to really think hard about the strategies we can develop as a nation to help resolve those issues,” Singh said.

Sarah Brubeck can be reached at sbrubeck@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.