University of Rochester Student From Zimbabwe Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

The 32 Rhodes scholars from the United States were recently announced. Eight Africn Americans won Rhodes Scholarships, 25 percent of the awards. Profiles of these African American Rhodes Scholars will be published shortly on JBHE.

But Rhodes Scholars are chosen from 23 other jurisdictions (more than 60 countries) around the world as well. Some of those selected are students at universities in the United States.

Kudzai Mbinda, a senior chemical engineering major at the University of Rochester in New York from Harare, Zimbabwe, was one of two Rhodes Scholars chosen from 10 finalists competing in the Zimbabwe competition.

This marks the second consecutive year a University of Rochester student has been awarded the scholarship. Beauclaire Mbanya Jr. of Cameroon was selected last November and currently is at Oxford pursuing a master’s degree relating to sustainable energy.

Mbinda is a member of the University of Rochester’s Chem-E Car team, the Pan-African Students Association, and the varsity track and field team, where he holds the school record in the indoor 60-meter dash. Mbinda plans to pursue a master’s degree in energy systems at Oxford.

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  1. Here we go AGAIN, another smiling African student (Kudzai Mbinda) whose so unashamedly ignorant to accept the racist Rhodes scholarship named after racist British imperialist Cecil Rhodes. Even worse, Kudzai Mbinda is from one of the African countries where Rhodes wrecked havoc called Zimbabwe. You would never see a “Jewish student” (within the US context or abroad) accepting a scholarship named after Hitler. I wonder why.

      • What do we have here another African/Caribbean immigrant happily displaying his unfettered ignorance via their comment. You need to definitely work on your reading comprehension skills ASAP.

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