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C of I graduate Amanda Frickle a Rhodes finalist

A 2012 College of Idaho graduate is a finalist for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, with a goal of pursuing a career in social justice advocacy.

Amanda Frickle, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and political economy and served as student body president during the 2011-2012 academic year, will interview with a handful of other Rhodes Scholar finalists from the Northwest this weekend in Seattle.

If Frickle is named a Rhodes Scholar, she will become the seventh College of Idaho graduate to earn the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world. Only 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars each year, and those scholars have achieved success at the highest levels of public service, scientific research, writing, law and other fields.

Frickle’s proposed course of study at Oxford is a graduate program in women’s studies, with a specific interest in applying that knowledge to advocacy for LGBT and women’s rights in the United States and Latin America. During her senior year, Frickle wrote and presented a research paper on feminism in Brazil and the reinforcement of traditional gender roles by that country’s ruling nationalist party in the early 20th century at both the College’s Student Research Conference and a research conference sponsored by national history honor society Pi Alpha Theta.

“Women’s studies has always been a passion of mine,” Frickle said. “Studying at Oxford, getting an international perspective, could help me become a social justice advocate not only here (in the United States), but throughout the globe.”

Frickle said the encouragement she received from her C of I professors, such Mee-Ae Kim and Steve Maughan in the Department of History, played an important role in her deciding to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. Recipients receive full financial support to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

“I grew and developed so much here,” Frickle said. “I don’t think I would have the perspective and the academic know-how that I do if I hadn’t gone to C of I.” 

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

“Based on the wonderful experiences I’ve had with professors [at C of I] … being in academia is definitely something that I’m looking towards but I also hope to do some work in public policy and to help people,” Frickle said.

The most recent College of Idaho graduate to be named a Rhodes Scholar was Dr. Adam Rindfleisch, who now serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in 1993. Colleen Smith, a 2011 C of I graduate, was a Rhodes Scholar finalist last year.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.