Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dear Howard University Community:
On behalf of the entire Howard University community, I wish to congratulate Howard University senior Biology major, English minor, Tara Spencer (B.S/B.A. ’18) of Lightfoot, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, who interviewed as a Finalist for the 2018 Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship, as well as seniors Emmanuel Balogunb (B.S. ’18), a Mechanical Engineering major from Lagos, Nigeria, and Amoge Ezike (B.S./B.A. ’18), a Biology major, Classical Civilizations minor, from Enugu State, Nigeria, who were selected for initial contention on the shortlist for the Rhodes West Africa Scholarship.
Unlike the more widely-known American Rhodes Scholarship, which selects 32 U.S. scholars annually—two from each of the 16 U.S. districts—in applying for the Jamaica and Commonwealth Rhodes Scholarship, students compete for a single opening. Spencer was one of select candidates who earned this distinct honor from the original applicant pool. 
In May 2017, the Rhodes Trust announced the new West Africa region Rhodes Scholarship. Balogun and Ezike advanced to the first round of interviews this year among the top 65 applicants. Despite having not been selected as a Rhodes Scholar for the 2018 cycle, Spencer still intends to pursue a Zoology-related graduate degree. Balogun and Ezike are also intent on pursuing their graduate education and having an impact.
I hope that Tara, Emmanuel, and Amoge will encourage more Howard students to apply for other fellowship and prestigious scholarship opportunities with the support of the Office of Honors and Scholar Development. It is without a doubt that, with the encouragement of their Howard family, these students’ academic pursuits and research will provide solutions to the needs of the broader society. We look forward to their continued successes.
Excellence in Truth and Service,
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA