Kirsten Tilleman Named Rhodes Scholarship Finalist

Photo Credit: Patricia Marroquin/UCSB Graduate Division
Photo Credit: Patricia Marroquin/UCSB Graduate Division

Former UC Santa Barbara women's basketball player Kirsten Tilleman has been selected as a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, it was announced Wednesday.

The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious international fellowship awards in the world. The scholarship offers 32 American students the opportunity to continue their academic studies at Oxford University.

Tilleman graduated earlier this spring with a master's degree from UCSB's nationally renowned Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.

As a Gaucho for two years, Tilleman was a two-time recipient of the Golden Eagle Ring Award, which is given to the female and male UCSB scholar-athlete with the highest GPA. In both 2012 and 2013, she led her peers with a 3.96. 

During her UCSB tenure, Tilleman balanced a demanding academic schedule along with being a perennial starter for the Gaucho women's basketball team.

She was pivotal in the program's 2012 Big West Championship run when she was named MVP of the conference tournament after posting a double-double in the finals with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

As a senior in 2012-13, Tilleman was second on the team in minutes played at 31.1 per game and rebounds at 7.1 per game.

The Rhodes Scholarship selection process will continue for Tilleman in Seattle where she will go through an interview process later this month.