Ben Sprung-Keyser ’11 Named Rhodes Scholar
Congratulations to Harvard-Westlake alumnus Ben Sprung-Keyser '11, who has been named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars for 2015 and plans to spend two years studying economics at Oxford beginning next fall.
Ben is senior at Harvard University, concentrating in economics. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, and with a perfect academic record, his interests focus on labor economics, and particularly issues relating to unemployment. His two-man team won the 2014 World Universities Debating Championship and, in 2013, he was the youngest national champion ever of the American Parliamentary Debate Association.
Ben organized a program to teach debate skills to disadvantaged students in Boston, a program that has been expanded to students in China. He is research assistant to Professor Larry Summers, and for the president of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Ben plans to do the M.Phil. in Economics at Oxford.
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 Scholarships are, according to Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, "the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates." They were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer, and are provided in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors. The first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904; those elected today will enter Oxford in October 2015.