Point Scholar 2012—2014
Patrick Oathout was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In middle school, he began participating in speech and debate, where he developed an interest in foreign policy. By the end of middle school, Patrick ranked third in the nation in Impromptu Speaking. Patrick came out as a sophomore in high school to a welcoming family and community. An unfortunate experience at a summer job with a “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy for teenagers rattled Patrick’s coming out experience.
Determined to move forward, Patrick began mentoring his peers through their own coming out experiences. A Harry S. Truman Scholar, Patrick attended Duke University and is double majoring in philosophy and public policy. He is a student representative on Duke’s Board of Trustees, a columnist for the Duke Chronicle, the Founder of the Duke Colloquium Fellows, and a Founding Father of Duke’s Sigma Pi Fraternity. Additionally, Patrick was the first openly LGBTQ Duke student to be elected Student Body Vice President.
Outside of Duke, Patrick has fought to reform the refugee resettlement process, and he has worked at refugee resettlement organizations in Durham, Washington, D.C., and Amman. Patrick has also received awards from the Clinton Global Initiative University and Duke University for his development of a mobile application for entrepreneurial refugees. Patrick is spending his last summer before graduation developing mobile applications for the City of Houston.
Patrick is very thankful to be a part of the Point community, which has provided him a fantastic mentor (Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor of Chapel Hill), a strong group of friends, and access to resources that were once unavailable.