Rhodes Scholar announced
Friday, 18 October 2002
A University of Adelaide graduate has become the latest outstanding young South Australian to receive one of the world's most prestigious scholarships - the Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford.
Medical graduate Dr Thomas Smith, 24, is the most recent in a long line of Adelaide graduates to become a Rhodes Scholar.
Selection for the Rhodes Scholarship is not based on academic merit alone. Applicants must also have other interests and leadership skills, such as community service or sporting interests.
A Rhodes scholar receives a generous stipend and all tuition fees at Oxford are paid by the Rhodes Trust. The trust also assists successful candidates with their travelling expenses to the United Kingdom.
Scholarships are awarded for two years (with the possibility of extension to a third year).
About Dr Thomas Smith:
Dr Smith was educated at Scotch College from 1989-1994 where he was Dux of Sciences in 1994. In that year he achieved five perfect scores in Year 12.
By 2000 he had completed his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree at the University of Adelaide, where he was the President of the Adelaide Medical Students' Society and was awarded the Australian Medical Association Student Medal "for the best final year medical student".
Dr Smith has also been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study aviation and space medicine at the Kennedy Space Centre, NASA, which he will do next year before heading to Oxford.
He holds the Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine and passed the second stage of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.
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