Abigail Franks

Abigail Franks

Abigail Franks, a Priceville High graduate and a University of Alabama at Birmingham Honors College senior, has been named a Rhodes Scholar finalist, giving her an opportunity to study at Oxford University.

She will interview for the Rhodes Scholarship on Nov. 23.

“Being selected as a finalist is an honor in itself, and I am incredibly grateful,” Franks said in a UAB release. “It is one of the most competitive scholarships in the world because their acceptance rate is less than 1 percent.”

If she were to receive the scholarship, Franks plans to pursue two degrees: a master’s in nature, society and environmental governance and a master’s in environmental change and management. Then, she wants to work for a nonprofit such as the Climate Justice Alliance to gain experience in grassroots advocacy on the national scale.

Franks is a political science major with a minor in peace, justice and ecology in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science, and is on track to graduate next spring.

She is a former Udall Scholarship recipient and a Truman Institutional nominee.

marian.accardi@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2438. Twitter @DD_MAccardi.

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