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Upper Arlington High School alumnus Henry Wu named Rhodes Scholar

Henry Wu

Henry Wu, who graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 2016, has been named a 2020 Rhodes Scholar. He currently is a senior at The Ohio State University, where he is an honors student pursuing a double major in philosophy and political science.

The Rhodes Scholarship was founded in 1902 and supports graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. Thirty-two scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding seniors and recent graduates across the United States. The Rhodes Trust selected Wu for his commitment to fighting human trafficking and researching migration patterns and policies impacting the involuntary movement of peoples.

While at Upper Arlington High School, Wu was an outstanding student, a National Merit Finalist and a recipient of the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Wu has gone on to become an Eminence Fellow and a recipient of the Jeanne Bonnet McCoy Preeminent Scholarship at Ohio State.

As part of the Eminence Fellows program, Wu co-founded Enlighten, which mobilizes students to confront human trafficking and create a culture of compassion through on-campus awareness and direct community engagement. Recently, he created a partnership with the Ohio State Moritz College of Law to provide mentorship events for minors who have been trafficked.

Wu has pursued high-level internships at various organizations such as Free the Slaves and The Human Trafficking Legal Center, and he volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, where he helps survivors of human trafficking overcome criminal record-based barriers.

As a Rhodes Scholar, Wu plans to pursue master of science degrees in migration studies and evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation. This multidisciplinary course of study will enable Wu to examine the ways in which policy choices, including immigration policies, can limit or expand freedom. After earning these degrees at Oxford, Wu will return to the United States to attend law school so that he may develop the practical skills necessary for a career in international law and policy.

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