Monday, December 11, 2000

Loveland graduate Rhodes scholar

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A University of Chicago student from Loveland is among 32 Americans chosen Saturday night as Rhodes scholars.

        Bradley J. Henderson, a 21-year-old senior economics major, will study economic and social history at Oxford University in England.

        The 1997 Loveland High School graduate is the son of James and Marjorie Henderson.

        Winners were selected by eight regional committees from among 950 applicants endorsed by 327 colleges and universities throughout the nation. Also named was Sarah L. Johnson of Lexington, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis.

        Saturday's announcement propelled Mr. Henderson and his parents into the spotlight as calls came from reporters and well-wishers.

        “None of us has been this popular,” Mr. Henderson joked in a telephone interview from Chicago. “Normally, no one ever calls us.”

        Rhodes scholarships, created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, provide two or three years of study at Oxford. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor.

        Mr. Henderson will earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of Chicago. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he also is captain and starting forward for the university's nationally ranked Division III basketball team.

        He is a member of the University Chorus, a reporter for the University Weekly News and a tutor in Chicago schools.

        The attributes that put him over the top, he said Sunday, come from lessons learned from basketball and his parents.

        “Basketball has given me a lot of confidence to handle a lot of different situations and questions,” he said. “My parents taught me an important balance is confidence and humility.”

        Expectations are high for the scholars, said Elliot Gerson, American secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust.

        “We look for people to play an influential part in the future of society, wherever their careers might lead them,” Mr. Gerson said.

        When he won, Mr. Henderson said, “All I wanted to do was call my parents, my coach and my friends. Talking to my parents right away, that was awesome.”


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