VILLANOVA, Pa.—Patrick D. Smith, a 2016 Villanova College of Nursing alumnus and Villanova University Presidential Scholar, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He will travel to Boston to participate in interviews with the District I Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee on November 17-18.
At Villanova, Smith nurtured his interests in international development, global health equity and social justice through participation and leadership in groups such as Nursing without Borders, the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Committee, Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors and the Limitless Initiative for Friendship and Trust peer mentoring program.
Following his sophomore year at Villanova, Smith was selected as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Undergraduate Public Health Scholar. Through that program, he contributed to community health research alongside researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, examining innovative health care delivery to low-income, functionally challenged older adults in Baltimore. This research resulted in conference presentations and a publication in Geriatric Nursing.
As a junior, seeking to further his cultural competency and understanding of global health, Smith volunteered as a Global Impact Fellow for Unite for Sight in Ghana. During this eight-week service experience, he applied his clinical assessment and research skills to assist in delivery of eye care to low-income, rural-dwelling Ghanaians, while contributing to larger projects that have further enhanced population assessment and outcomes tracking.
Smith was a U.S. Student Fulbright Research Grant recipient and spent the last year in Lesotho, where he completed a project examining community health education endeavors. His affiliate, Partners in Health, invited him to stay on in Africa as a full-time member of their team, where he currently works as a Program Officer. If awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, Smith has proposed to pursue a DPhil in Population Health at the University of Oxford to further study and research health policy, planning and finance.
Smith hails from Melrose, Mass.