Each year, non-British students studying at colleges and universities across the world are awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.
This is an international post-graduate award, which gives students the opportunity to study at Oxford University, Britain’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institution. The Rhodes Scholarship is a highly coveted academic accolade that is awarded to 32 American students every year.
This year’s class of American recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship was selected from a pool of 869 students from 316 schools. After that, 208 finalists were picked from 93 colleges and universities located in 16 different geographic areas of America. The process of whittling down to the final 32 recipients is very competitive.
Students have the choice of entering the competition representing the district they live in or the district in which they attend school. Out of the 32 Americans who received the Rhodes Scholarship for 2016, four were black and all of those student recipients were young women.
However, a young black man from the African nation of Zimbabwe was also selected for this honor.
Prince Abudu (pictured above), an international student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia was one of the two Zimbabwean students selected for this year’s recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship.
Abudu is also the fourth Morehouse student in history to received the scholarship. Growing up on a small farm in Zimbabwe, Abudu eventually immigrated to the United States to attend Morehouse College so that he could study computer science.
When Abudu finally gets the grand opportunity to use his scholarship at Oxford in the fall of 2016, he plans to enroll in the university’s MBA program. In an interview with The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Abudu expressed that he is very grateful to receive his award and is elated about his new opportunity.
“I’m blessed and excited. This would not have been possible without the support of my family in Zimbabwe and the new family I have been favored with at Morehouse College,” Abudu said. “This is an opportunity that I have dreamed of all my life,” he continued.
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