Last week, JBHE published a featured story on the 10 African Americans who were named Rhodes Scholars from the United States. The 32 Rhodes Scholars chosen from the United States are just a fraction of the students honored by the Rhodes Scholarship program. Rhodes Scholars are chosen from 23 other jurisdictions (more than 60 countries) around the world, and for the second year, two scholars have been chosen from countries in the world without their own scholarship. Over one hundred Rhodes Scholars will be selected worldwide this year, including several who have attended American colleges and universities but who are not U.S. citizens and who have applied through their home countries.
Beauclaire Mbanya graduated from the University of Rochester in May with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He is the third University of Rochester student or alumnus to receive a Rhodes Scholarship and the first in 56 years. Mbanya is one of two Global Rhodes Scholars selected from nations that do not have their own Rhodes Scholar programs. Mbanya is a native of Cameroon. At Oxford, Mbanya intends to conduct research on issues at the intersection of sustainable energy, technology, and policy development.
Fitzroy ‘Pablo’ Wickham from the nation of Jamaica is a senior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is majoring in neuroscience and theater. Wickham is a graduate of York Castle High School in St. Ann, Jamaica. As a Rhodes Scholar, Wickham plans to study for a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Univerity of Oxford and then enter medical school.