Hunter student Thamara Jean was awarded the Rhodes scholarship, making her the first Hunter student and eighth CUNY alumnus to receive the prestigious scholarship. Jean, a senior at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, is a double major in Political Science and Media Analysis & Criticism. Her senior thesis paper on the Black Lives Matter movement was published in The Journal of Politics and Society.
The Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1902, and was the first wide-scale international scholarship program, indirectly inspiring programs such as the Fulbright Scholarship. The scholarship gives students with “academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness and leadership potential” the chance to attend Oxford University for two to three years.
The Rhodes Scholarship was founded by Cecil Rhodes, the British business for whom the African colony of Rhodesia (which encompassed what is now Zimbabwe and Zambia) is named. The scholarship has come under increased scrutiny in the past decade due to Rhodes’ professed white supremacist views, which led to brutal colonialist regimes across Africa, including South Africa’s vicious apartheid system.