Two Black Students at Harvard Awarded International Rhodes Scholarships

Last week, a JBHE post identified the 10 African Americans among the 32 students from the United States who were awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. Another JBHE post feature a Black student at Stanford University who won a Rhodes Scholarship from Jamaica. Now we can report that two additional Black students at Harvard University also have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships, allocated to their home country or region.

Terrens Muradzikwa, a native of Zimbabwe in southern Africa, is a senior majoring in economics at Harvard. He will study for a master’s degree in development economics at Oxford. Muradzikwa hopes to work for the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund after completing his master’s degree. “Long-term, I would like to work for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Zimbabwe and contribute to the economic growth on my country,” Muradzikwa said.

Mandela Patrick, from Trinidad, is a senior at Harvard majoring in computer science. He will travel to England this fall to study machine learning at the University of Oxford. While at Harvard, he has spent two summers as an intern at Facebook. Patrick was a member of the Harvard squash team and tutored Boston public school students in computer coding. “I’m passionate about education,” Patrick said, “and in particular accessibility to education for people from low-income backgrounds. I see the value in technology to advance entrepreneurship for people.”


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