University of South Carolina senior Jory Fleming has been named one of 32 winners of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Fleming is pursuing a double major in geography and marine science with a minor in geophysics.
Up to 32 Rhodes Scholarships, which allow recipients to study for two years at England’s Oxford University, are awarded each year. Fleming plans to pursue a graduate degree in the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford.
Fleming, who has autism, credits his service dog, Daisy, with helping him succeed.
“I believe that Cecil Rhodes had a student just like Jory Fleming in mind when he envisioned the Rhodes Scholar,” USC president Harris Pastides said in a release. “He certainly anticipated academic brilliance, but more than that, he expected these future leaders to have courage, sympathy, unselfishness, fellowship, kindliness, a moral force of character, and more. If you know Jory, you know these traits describe him perfectly.”
At USC, Fleming has been involved in a wide range of research, working with marine science and geography faculty mentors Jean Ellis, Tammi Richardson, Joe Jones, Jerry Mitchell, Blaine Griffen, and Jennifer Pournelle. He has served as a peer leader in the University 101 program and also volunteers with PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services) and Cocky’s Reading Express.
Fleming’s numerous awards include the Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship, the Charles Bussmann Scholarship, the Incight Disability Scholarship, the S.C. Wildlife Foundation Scholarship and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Scholarship. Fleming is a 2015 NOAA Hollings Scholar, a 2016 Goldwater Scholar and a 2016 Truman Scholar.
USC has produced nine Rhodes Scholars, most recently Caroline Parler Potter in 2000.