Newark University High graduate selected as Rhodes Scholar honored

Jordan Thomas, Rhodes Scholar. (Courtesy: Newark Public Schools)

The city of Newark will be well-represented in the world of academia. Jordan Thomas, a 2014 graduate of Newark’s University, has been selected to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest, most celebrated, prestigious international fellowship awards in the world, which fund two to three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford. Thomas is among 32 American students selected as a Rhodes Scholar.

Members of the Newark Board of Education honored Thomas at its December board meeting with a proclamation.

Thomas surrounded by the Newark Public Schools board. (Courtesy: Newark Public Schools)

“Today, we recognize a young man who has made history not only for Newark Public Schools, but also for the city of Newark, Jordan Thomas has been named our first Rhodes Scholar. We congratulate him, he represents our city and our students well,” said Marquis Aquil Lewis, board chairman.

After graduating from University High School, Jordan entered Princeton University, from where he will receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2018. Thomas will continue his studies at the University of Oxford in England with plans to pursue further studies in Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

Thomas honored at NPS board meeting. (Courtesy: Newark Public Schools)

“I am truly honored and humbled to stand before you this evening to accept this proclamation from a school district and city I love,” said Thomas. “It is such a huge honor. I have a mission and goal in my life and that is to have an impact on others. I truly believe in my heart this [being a Rhodes Scholar] will help me to come back and serve my city. The people I have met along my journey have been special and it’s amazing to see the impact I can have on others. I will be coming back to Newark — I’m not finished yet.”

Superintendent of Schools Christopher D. Cerf said, “Jordan represents the best of Newark Public Schools students and their passion to learn, explore and impact the world. We are proud of Jordan’s accomplishments and look forward to an extraordinary future for him.”