Mark Dlugash '08 Awarded Rhodes Scholarship
by Stacey Kutish
Mark Dlugash '08 has been named a Rhodes Scholar for 2010. As a recipient of the scholarship, Dlugash will receive $50,000 a year to study at Oxford University in England, where he intends to pursue a M.Sc. in forced migration. Dlugash was just one of 32 U.S. citizens recognized with this honor; he is the seventh Swarthmorean since 2000 to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.
"Like so many amazing Swarthmore graduates, Mark devoted his undergraduate years, and now his post-graduate life, to applying what he learned in the classroom to improving the lives of others," said Swarthmore College President Rebecca Chopp. "His commitment to raising awareness about global issues such as malaria and forced migration define this young man's drive and passion and we are so very proud of his achievements. He is destined to be a leader in his field, and in the global community."
Dlugash graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore in 2008 with majors in psychology and education. He was recognized by the faculty with the Ivy Award for his outstanding leadership, scholarship, and contributions to the College community. While at Swarthmore, Dlugash co-founded Global Health Forum, an organization that raises awareness about malaria in Uganda and raises funds for malaria prevention. He also volunteered as a tutor for local children, helped low-income city residents file tax returns, and provided hospice support for the elderly in Philadelphia.
Since graduating from the College he has served as a fellow with Americans for Informed Democracy in Washington, D.C., where he has worked to build a national undergraduate college for civilian service as a civilian counterpart to the military service academies.