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November 2021

Haley Howard

Haley Howard

Santa Clara University Alumna Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

Political science and ethnic studies double major Haley Howard ’21 was a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 23, 2021Santa Clara University political science and ethnic studies double major Haley Howard ’21 was a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

One of the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world, the scholarship—created in 1902—is granted annually to approximately 100 students across the globe and supports two years of postgraduate study in any field at England’s University of Oxford. Award recipients are selected for their academic achievement, character, leadership potential, and commitment to service. Past recipients include such luminaries as former President Bill Clinton and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

“To be named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship is a major achievement for both the student and the University,” said Naomi Levy, director of SCU’s Office of Student Fellowships. “We are beyond proud of Haley for this well-deserved recognition. She has shown incredible academic prowess, demonstrated strong leadership abilities, and dedicated herself to bettering those around her. We wish her well as she undertakes the final interview process.”

Howard boasts an impressive resume from her time at Santa Clara University. Named valedictorian of the Class of 2021, Howard participated in the University Honors program. During her junior year, she represented SCU as a visiting scholar at Oxford’s Mansfield College, a pivotal experience in her decision to pursue the Rhodes Scholarship. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society; Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society, and Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. She also earned a Bernard L. Kronick Award for Excellence in Research in American Politics.

Howard is an active advocate for social justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color at SCU and beyond. As a student, she was a first-year representative and later co-chair of Igwebuike, the University’s Black Student Union. She was also co-chair of the Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council and was awarded a Joseph A. Grassi Social Justice Award. Today, she is working with Santa Clara University’s Anti-Racist Teaching Collective to promote inclusive instruction on campus.

Howard intends to pursue graduate work in history with an emphasis on women and gender studies. Ultimately, she aims to use her voice to influence policy and create positive change for Black women and other women of color.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be considered for this incredible award,” said Howard. “So many people have been a part of this journey and I deeply appreciate their efforts. I would advise any future applicant to follow their passion, be willing to take risks, and be brave enough to put themselves out there. You never know what you might achieve.”

On Nov. 20, the Rhodes Trust selected 32 American scholars to join the program. Santa Clara University has had four Rhodes Scholars: Sean Reilly ’16Aven Satre-Meloy ’13Noelle Lopez ’09, and Arthur Hayes ’55.

About Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see

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