Erin Dugan, Judge Memorial Catholic High School Class of 2012 and a senior at the University of Delaware, was named a fall 2015 finalist for the renowned Rhodes Scholarship, awarded to students for exceptional academic achievements, strength of character and commitment to the common good. Sixteen regions in the United States selected 12-16 applicants as finalists, with only two from each region selected as Rhodes Scholars. Although Erin did not advance in the program, this is a significant achievement for her nonetheless and we are proud to acknowledge her achievement.
Erin, the daughter of Dan and Sarah Dugan of Salt Lake City, is a public policy major in the Honors Program, with minors in economics and public health. She serves as chair of the UD Allocations Board, an Honors Program Writing Fellow, the operations coordinator for UD Alternative Breaks and a researcher in the Center for Community Research and Service. She is particularly interested in public health and public policy, with a focus on health disparities. This past spring, she was named as one of 58 exceptional college students from 50 U.S. colleges and universities selected as 2015 Truman Scholars. The Truman Scholarship is a federal program providing $30,000 for graduate study and is awarded to then-juniors based on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement.
While at Judge, Erin was a National Merit Finalist and member of National Honor Society and the State Math team. She served as co-editor of the Bulldog Press, was on Peer Ministry, and was a scholar-athlete throughout her high school career. A member of the girls’ soccer and track and field teams, she competed on the state and regional level. Erin earned Presidential Service Awards for her community outreach efforts. Prior to enrolling at Judge, she attended J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School.
The Rhodes Trust, the oldest of the major international competitive award foundations, provides 32 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the United States an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England. Since 1904, 32 Americans have been selected each year for the Rhodes, which provides a full-ride scholarship for the student to pursue one or more degrees at Oxford. Applicants come from all 50 states and represent more than 300 colleges and universities, joining other Rhodes recipients from around the world.