BC graduate named 2019 Rhodes Scholar
A Boston College graduate has been named a 2019 Rhodes Scholar and will receive funds to study at the University of Oxford in England next fall.
Isabelle Stone completed her bachelor’s degree in economics earlier this year, with minors in philosophy and faith, peace, and justice from the college.
Stone is the third Boston College alumni to receive the scholarship.
Every year, one student from Bermuda is selected for the scholarship. Stone is one of nearly 100 jurisdictional scholars selected from 60 countries.
Originally from Bermuda, Stone has been researching development projects with World Bank Group at Nephila Capital, an investment company in Bermuda, since graduating from the college in May.
As an undergraduate, she volunteered at Casa Nueva Vida Inc. in Jamaica Plain and Best Buddies International in Newton.
“Charity is necessary but not sufficient,” Stone said. She hopes to use her education in economics to shape public policy and “ameliorate the maladies of poverty, insecurity, and injustice in order to protect the most vulnerable women and children I encounter every week.”
Through her studies at the Chestnut Hill campus, Stone said she has learned she must “influence the infrastructure of the market to ensure that our values fit on the balance sheet,” she said.
As a student, she absorbed statistics that doomed low-income families to shorter life expectancies, political activeness, and educational attainment.
“Reading that less than one in four homeless teenagers in Massachusetts will graduate high school really affected me. At Casa Nueva Vida, I saw the faces behind these statistics,” she said.
From 2015 to 2018, she made Boston College’s dean’s list every semester, with first honors.
Stone said when she came to the campus, she had the “idea of getting a high-paying finance job, but got swept up in the Jesuit ideals of social justice and giving back to the community.”
Once she begins her studies at the University of Oxford, she plans to research factors that may contribute to income inequality and homelessness in Bermuda, and plans to eventually return to the British island territory.
The Rhodes Scholarship was named after British businessman Cecil Rhodes and has been awarding tuition for over a century.
“I want to put forth an emphasis on gaining better statistics about our income distribution and analyze how legislation materially affects the 65,000 citizens on this island,” she said.
Stone’s college tuition and fees will be covered by the Rhodes Trust, which will also award her a cash stipend.