She Won A Rhodes Scholarship After Claiming To Grow Up Poor And Abused. Her Story Was A Hoax.

She Won A Rhodes Scholarship After Claiming To Grow Up Poor And Abused. Her Story Was A Hoax.


University of Pennsylvania graduate student Mackenzie Fierceton won the praise and approval of her school in November 2020 when she was one of 32 scholars to win the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford.

“Mackenzie is so deserving of this prestigious opportunity,” university president Amy Gutmann said of Fierceton. “As a first-generation [to go to college] low-income student and a former foster youth, Mackenzie is passionate about championing young people [and] dedicating herself to a life of public service.”

Months later, however, Fierceton would lose her scholarship after she was accused of being “blatantly dishonest” about her childhood in both her Rhodes Scholarship and University of Pennsylvania applications, the New York Post reported.

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The full story of Fierceton’s alleged deception was reported at The Chronicle of Higher

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