Philly's newest Rhodes Scholar is public school kid who overcame a devastating loss

Pat Loeb
November 29, 2018 - 8:41 pm
Anea Moore is the city's latest Rhodes Scholarship recipient

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia city council on Thursday passed a resolution honoring the city's latest recipient of the coveted Rhodes Scholarship; a University of Pennsylvania senior who has overcome tragedy to excel academically. 

"I am a public school kid from Southwest Philadelphia, grew up in a working class family, my parents didn't go to college," said Anea Moore, who begins her bio with all the ways she doesn't fit the typical profile of a Rhodes Scholar.

But the fact is, she's been outperforming expectations her whole life, transferring from her neighborhood public school to the academic magnet, Masterman School, then getting a full ride to the University of Pennsylvania. 

Her hardest struggle, though, was carrying on after her parents died in quick succession.

Her father died her senior year of high school; her mother during her freshman year at Penn.

"After my mom died, I started figuring out what I was actually interested in and what I actually wanted to pursue," Moore said. 

She decided she wanted to help low-income people so she changed her major to sociology and urban studies, and began volunteering at the work that won her the scholarship. 

She intends to study public policy at the University of Oxford, a place, she says, she expects to be "magical."