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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia swimmer Michael Miller was recently selected as one of 15 finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship. Miller joins UVa volleyball player Sarah Kirkwood, who also was a finalist for the prestigious honor. The St. Davids, Pa., native interviewed in Philadelphia Nov. 17 for the scholarship but was not selected as one of the two recipients.

“I was honored to be there,” Miller said. “It was a great group to be a part of and I am grateful to Mark (Bernardino) and the University of Virginia for giving me this opportunity.”

The Rhodes Scholarship is an award that provides all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. A walk-on turned team captain, Miller is majoring in politics at Virginia and is scheduled to graduate in May. He was considering pursuit of a master’s degree in comparative politics at Oxford.

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest and best-known award for international study, were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, a British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer. Criteria for applicants include high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.

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