Auburn University student wins 2018 Rhodes Scholarship

A senior software engineering student at Auburn University won one of 32 prestigious Rhodes Scholarships awarded to Americans and will study cyber security at England’s University of Oxford next year.

Matthew Rogers of Huntsville became the fifth Auburn University student to win the honor and the first since 2009, according to a press release.

“This is a great honor for Matthew and Auburn University,” said Auburn University President Steven Leath in a statement. “He has excelled throughout his academic career and he epitomizes the Auburn Creed through his commitment to academic studies, dedication to leadership activities and hard work.”

Rogers grew up on Army posts across the country, according to the release. His father retired as an Army officer recently and the family moved to Huntsville. Rogers plans to pursue a doctorate of cyber security at the University of Oxford.

Rogers has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a student in the college of engineering and the honors college. During the summer, he has worked as a research intern at an IT company in Huntsville that provides services to NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Rogers has given presentations about malware and appeared on national news programs.

Four previous Auburn University students have received Rhodes Scholarships in 1949, 1978, 1980 and 2009. The exchange program is one of the oldest in the world and is designed to send some of the most promising scholars from across the globe to a leading university for research and graduate study.

“We are so excited for Matthew,” said Paul Harris, Auburn University professor of political science and associate director of the Honors College, in a statement. “He is such an accomplished young scholar, servant-leader and friend, and we wish him well in his studies at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Our entire Auburn Family can take great pride in his accomplishments.”