Robert Fisher

Brock Scholar Robert Fisher shaking hands with President Obama

Robert Fisher is a senior from Clarksville, TN, majoring in political science: legal studies, and a 2015 Rhodes Scholar.  The Rhodes Scholarships are the most competitive and prestigious international fellowships in the world.  Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their exemplary scholarly achievements, commitment to serving others and potential for leadership in their chosen fields.  He is the only 2015 Rhodes Scholar from the state of Tennessee and one of only 32 nationwide.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the culmination of his undergraduate career with ever more responsible activities and leadership roles.  Starting with his freshman year, he was elected to both the UTC Freshman Senate and the Brock Scholars Council.  He was elected to serve as Student Government Association President in 2013-14 and again in 2014-15.

During his sophomore year, Robert began exploring his interest in public education through the School of Education's PAWS (Post-Secondary Awareness with Success) Program at Brown Academy, a local elementary school.  This program mentors at-risk fourth and fifth graders to promote academic success and aspiration toward higher education.  

For the past two summers Robert has participated in the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, D.C., where he met President Obama and many other influential leaders. He has also been selected to be a Presidential Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where he focused his research on the President's impact on US education policy. 

In 2014, he was chosen by Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke to co-chair the Downtown Task Force in the Chattanooga Forward initiative to develop a more-inclusive, vibrant and successful Chattanooga community.  Robert also undertook outreach at two inner city high schools to educate students about future opportunities and to encourage them to pursue further education after graduation.

In April 2014, Robert was awarded the nationally competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship for his academic success, leadership accomplishments and likelihood of becoming a leader in public service. He was selected as one of only 59 exceptional college students nationwide, and he was the only recipient this year from a Tennessee college.

Robert is currently working on his senior honors thesis exploring the impact of higher education institutions on the communities they serve.  After graduation, he plans to use his Rhodes Scholarship to pursue Oxford University's M. Phil. degree in Comparative Social Policy, with the goal of working in some area of education policymaking.