On November 12, 2022, Army West Point women’s lacrosse senior Margaret Williams ’19 was one of 32 Americans chosen as a Rhodes Scholar as announced by Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust. Williams will be joining recipients from more than 60 other countries.
Williams becomes one of 102 West Point Cadets to be named a Rhodes Scholar. She becomes the first West Point women’s lacrosse cadet in program history to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
As reported by West Point Athletic Department Communications press release, “Williams is an economics major at West Point. Her research and professional objectives focus on international economics. An internship with the White House National Security Council in the directorate of International Economics and Competition enabled Williams to experience firsthand the power of economics as a policy tool in the international system. Beyond the classroom, she serves as the Regimental Varsity Athletics Officer. Williams has been recognized annually by the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, is vice president of West Point’s Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and research assistant with the Irregular Warfare Initiative. In the spring of 2022, West Point selected Williams as a Presidential Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. She researches how digital currency and emerging financial technology disrupt financial systems and threaten national security. Williams intends to commission as an engineer officer and aspires to return to the National Security Council to shape strategy that enhances global economic stability. As a Rhodes Scholar, Williams will read for a Master of Science in Economics for Development and a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy.”
“Congratulations to our newest Rhodes Scholars and the team that support them through this whole process,” said Dean of the Academic Board, Brig. Gen. Shane Reeves. “I’m thrilled to see the impact that Margaret will have during their studies at Oxford and throughout their careers in the Army.”
At Deerfield, Margaret was a three-sport varsity athlete; lettering in soccer, hockey and lacrosse. Upon graduation from Deerfield, Margaret enrolled in at West Point and was a recruited student-athlete to the women’s lacrosse team. An incredible student, competitor on the field, and amazing leader!
Congratulations to West Point’s newest Rhodes Scholar, Margaret Williams!