First Penn Student to Win non-U.S. Rhodes
Scholarship: David Ferreira
Ferreira, a College senior from Hamilton, Bermuda, has
been awarded a Rhodes
Scholarship, which will fund two
or three years of study at Oxford University in England.
Bermuda names only one Rhodes Scholar annually. A political
science, philosophy and economics (PPE) major in the College
of Art and Sciences, he plans to pursue a Bachelor of Laws
(LLB) in his first two years at Oxford, followed by a Masters
in Jurisprudence (MJUR) in his final year.
Ferreira is the son of Pamela and the late Alvin Ferreira,
who passed away in 1993. Mr. Ferreira has an older sister,
Kristen, 25, who, like both her parents, is a lawyer. Mr.
Ferreira's sister and mother made legal history in Bermuda
in 2002 when they became the first mother and daughter
to be called to the bar together.
Ferreira is the first Penn student to be awarded a non-U.S.
Rhodes Scholarship and the University's 17th Rhodes Scholar
overall. Penn's most recent Rhodes Scholar was Lipika Goyal
(Col '01), one of 32 U.S. students selected in 2001 (Almanac December
95 Rhodes Scholars are named each year. The 32 from the
U.S. join an international group of scholars chosen from
18 other jurisdictions around the world. Scholars are selected
from Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, Commonwealth
Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia,
New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Southern Africa, Uganda,
United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
best way to describe David Ferreira is 'thoughtful,' in
the richest sense of the word," said Dr. Arthur D. Casciato,
the director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and
Fellowships. "David is thoughtful in that he is perhaps
the most gracious person I've met in four years of working
with fellowship candidates, and he is also thoughtful in
that he engages whatever questions he is asked not as hurdles
to be cleared and put behind him but as opportunities to
think anew about his opinions and positions. Given this
kind of thoughtfulness, as well as his obvious and broad
athletic ability, I'm not the least bit surprised that
the Selection Committee chose David from among the ten
or so finalists for Bermuda's Rhodes Scholarship for 2004."
Ferreira attended high school in England at Eton, where
he captained the Varsity Squash, Basketball, and Cricket
teams and was also a member of the Varsity Soccer team. At
Penn he has played on the Varsity Men's Squash team, the
Men's Club Rugby team, the Men's Club Soccer team,
and this year will try-out for the Men's Club Baseball
team as well. In Bermuda he has been a member of
the Under-19, Under-21, and Under-23 International Cricket
teams and was recently called onto the full International
squad to represent his country in the upcoming World Cup
qualifying matches. He has also been Atlantic Junior Open
Golf champion and won several medals in Giant Slalom skiing
competitions in France, Switzerland, and Austria.
the summer of 2003, Mr. Ferreira served as a speechwriter
the election campaign team of the New United Bermuda Party.
At Penn he is currently a member of the PPE department's
Undergraduate Assembly Board and the Vice-President and
Philanthropy Chair of the Owl Society of Philadelphia.
Upon graduation from Oxford, he plans to return home to
Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1902 by the will
of Cecil John Rhodes, British financier and statesman.
Candidates must be between 19 and 25 years-of-age and citizens
of the country from which they are selected.
qualities set out by Rhodes for those seeking Rhodes Scholarships
include academic and intellectual excellence, integrity
of character, respect for fellow beings and a capacity
for leadership. Athletic prowess and success is an
advantage, but not a necessity.