Nelson Institute student and alumna named 2020 Rhodes finalists

November 26, 2019

Nelson Institute undergraduate, Kevin Crosby, and alumna Lauren Jorgensen were selected as finalists for this year's Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest and most celebrated college award for international study.

Crosby is a senior majoring in nutritional sciences, with a certificate in environmental studies. Jorgensen graduated from UW–Madison in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and community and environmental sociology, with certificates in environmental studies, food systems, and global health. She currently is pursuing a master’s degree in public affairs through an accelerated program at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison. Both Crosby and Jorgensen were a part of the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP), which is a scholarship program designed for students who want to link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community. 

Hundreds of elite applicants from dozens of colleges and universities vie for the Rhodes Scholarships each year. Candidates are judged on a proven record of intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character, interest in and respect for others, leadership ability, and the energy to fully utilize their talents. Read more.