PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Andrew Kaplan, a 2015 Brown graduate, was among 32 American students chosen as Rhodes Scholarship winners for 2016. The winners were announced Saturday by the American secretary of the Rhodes Trust.
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 is “the oldest and best-known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates,” according to the announcement.
Kaplan, who lives in New York City, was a political science concentrator and received his degree magna cum laude. His senior thesis discussed rising homelessness in New York City. After graduating, he became an urban fellow in the New York Mayor’s Office of Operations, focusing on efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness and to improve current shelter conditions and capacity.
At Brown, Kaplan founded Common Sense Action, the first national bipartisan grass roots advocacy organization of millennials, which grew to more than 40 university chapters in 20 states. Also during his time at Brown, Kaplan, who holds a black belt in Taekwondo, helped lead Brown’s Taekwondo team to a national championship four consecutive years.
At Oxford, Kaplan plans to pursue an M.Phil. in comparative social policy with an emphasis on housing.