In May 2016, Texas A&M physics/mathematics double major Andrew Baxter '16 earned one of two Brown-Rudder Awards honoring the top two Texas A&M graduating seniors for 2015-16.


A 2016 graduate from the Texas A&M University College of Science has been nominated for the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and highly coveted academic scholarships available to United States students.

Andy Baxter '16, currently a management consultant for the Dallas-based branch of Credera, is one of four top Texas A&M students put forward this year as institutional nominees for either Marshall or Rhodes Scholarships. He earned dual degrees in physics and mathematics while minoring in business administration at Texas A&M, where he was honored in May 2016 with one of two Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Awards presented each year to the top two graduating seniors exemplifying General Rudder's leadership and dedication to academics and Texas A&M.

The Marshall Scholarship is awarded to 40 students per year and covers two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom. The Rhodes Scholarship, which is awarded to 32 students annually, provides two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University. Among the most competitive scholarship competitions in the world, only about 4 percent of the nationwide pool of more than 1,000 university-nominated applicants receive either award.

Baxter grew up on a cattle ranch in Franklin, Texas, prior to coming to Texas A&M, where he was broadly involved and an active leader. Among other roles, he served as director for Freshmen Leaders in Christ (FliC), treasurer for the Society of Physics Students, a Muster Host and an Impact counselor. He also worked in Washington, D.C., through the Public Policy Internship Program, studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary, and worked in the Accelerator Research Laboratory. He ranks as the first Mitchell National Fellowship finalist from Texas A&M.

Baxter is applying for the Rhodes Scholarship in order to study for two degrees: a master's of science in global governance and diplomacy as well as a master's in business administration. He hopes to work as a humanitarian strategy consultant to equip organizations in fighting issues such as water scarcity and modern-day slavery.

Since 2001, 18 Aggies have been selected as finalists for the Rhodes or Marshall Scholarships, and four Aggies have been selected as Rhodes or Marshall Scholars. Students interested in applying to nationally-competitive awards such as the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships are encouraged to review opportunities at http://tx.ag/NatlFellows and to contact National Fellowships Program Assistant Benjamin Simington at natlfellows@tamu.edu.

For additional information about the Rhodes or Goldwater Scholarships or other award programs, visit Texas A&M Honors and Undergraduate Research at http://hur.tamu.edu.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Jonathan Kotinek, (979) 845-1957 or jkotinek@tamu.edu
  • Andy Baxter '16

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