American Rhodes Scholars Announced Virtually for Year Two
Rhodes Trust US Secretary Elliot F. Gerson announced the names of 32 Americans to win the prestigious scholarship, which provides all-expenses-paid international education.
The scholarship program covers all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford and in some cases allows funding for four years.
The virtual ceremony took place on November 20, after the candidates and selectors’ participated [in the election process] remotely, safely and independently ”.
The prestigious scholarship program covers all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford
The 32 selected students will take their places at Oxford in October 2022.
“The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and best known award for international studies, and arguably the most famous academic award available to US university graduates,” said Gerson.
“We are confident that their contributions to public welfare nationally and globally will increase exponentially over the course of their careers in various sectors and disciplines.”
In a big step forward, this year’s cohort includes the largest number of women – 22 – to be elected in a single year.
This class includes students from 24 different colleges and universities, including the very first one from Clemson University in South Carolina.
That student is Louise Franke, a senior who has combined research in biochemistry labs with work in classical philosophy and American politics, and plans to read politics, philosophy and economics when she goes to Oxford. She is considering a career in health policy.
Other students to present include Elvin N. Irihamye, a senior at Indiana University majoring in neuroscience, who co-founded and is president of a charitable company using industry and academic partnerships to “strengthen the pipeline.” of black, Latino and Native American talent in the workforce.
Sabah Sial, a finance student at the University of Utah, whose academic interests focus on racial disparities in banking and finance, as well as white-collar crime and money laundering, is also very interested in racial equality.
The American cohort will join those chosen in 23 other jurisdictions, including more than 60 countries around the world; over 100 Rhodes Fellows will be selected across the world this year.