2012 Westlake High grad named Rhodes Scholar

Tom Carroll

By Kevin Kelley


Tom Carroll, a 2012 graduate of Westlake High School and senior at Rice University, has been selected for a Rhodes Scholarship.

Carroll is one of 32 Americans recently awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

A double major in biochemistry and classical studies, Carroll plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical medicine at Oxford. When he enters Oxford in October 2016, Carroll will study p53, a tumor suppressor that is implicated in about half of all cancer cases.

“To be selected from such a prestigious field, it is just such an incredible honor,” Carroll said in a statement. “I don’t see this as an end goal; I see this as a new standard that is set for myself. I’m going to be working really hard over the next few years at Oxford to meet those standards.”

Carroll has done research at the National Cancer Institute, the Baylor College of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic.

Carroll is the 12th Rhodes Scholar to come from Rice University.

“Tom’s receipt of the Rhodes Scholarship speaks to his intellect and drive as well as to the value of a Rice education,” said Caroline Quenemoen, executive director of Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership and one of nine people who recommended Carroll for the award.

Established in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, Rhodes Scholarships are awarded based on outstanding scholastic achievement, moral force of character, leadership and commitment to service.

The Virginia-based Rhodes Trust selects the scholarship recipients in a two-stage process. First, applicants must be endorsed by their college or university. This year approximately 2,000 students sought their institution’s endorsement; 869 were endorsed by 316 different colleges and universities. Sixteen selection committees across the U.S. then interviewed the finalists.


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