A Yale student from Penn Valley, near Narberth, will head to England to study at Oxford as one of 32 Rhodes scholars named for 2013.
David Carel, an economics major, received the scholarship established in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes.
"I keep sort of checking my phone to see if this actually happened," Carel said Sunday. "It's so hard to believe, I just sort of assume I dreamed the whole thing."
Carel, 21, said he spent much of his undergraduate years studying global health economics, mostly public health, and plans to study comparative social policy.
"It's a way to study not just health or education or, in this case, welfare economics, but the intersection of all three," he said.