Rhodes Scholar

UPEI’s Luke McCarvill gets prestigious award

Luke McCarvill

University of Prince Edward Island undergraduate student Luke McCarvill is one of 11 young Canadians to be awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships for Canada this year.  

McCarvill is completing his Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering (FSDE), holds a 4.3 GPA, and has received multiple academic awards. He will head to the University of Oxford in 2024 for fully funded post-graduate studies. At Oxford, he hopes to pursue graduate studies in Energy Systems and Environmental Change and Management.

McCarvill is a Sailor 3rd Class with the Royal Canadian Navy, where he works to bring a bilingual (French-English) perspective to the Naval Reserve Division. He has been heavily involved in the UPEI Engineering Society, has volunteered with Special Olympics, has taught coding to Girl Guides, and founded the UPEI Ultimate Disc sport team.  

After he entered UPEI in 2019 for post-secondary studies, McCarvill expanded his scholarship by studying abroad at Arizona State University through a Fulbright Canada’s Killam Fellowship in 2022, achieving a 4.0/4.0 GPA; representing Canada at the 2023 Japan-Canada Academic Consortium in Tokyo; and competing at academic competitions such as the Atlantic Engineering Competition.  

The Rhodes Scholarship is the world’s preeminent and oldest graduate fellowship, based at the University of Oxford since 1903. McCarvill is only the third Rhodes Scholar from UPEI since the university was established in 1969. Dr. Heather Morrison was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 1991 and Dr. Hélène Deacon in 1999.