Howard University Students Making Big Moves As Finalists for Prestigious Awards

Washington, D. C. (December 7, 2018) – Big congratulations are going out for some deserving Howard University students.  University President Dr. Wayne Frederick announced today that more than a dozen Howard students are finalists for several prestigious awards. Howard celebrates a total of 14 national interviews this year including two Schwarzman finalists, four Rangel finalists, four Pickering finalists and four Rhodes finalists.

Four Howard University students made it to the final stage of the 2019 Rhodes Scholarship competition. This year’s finalists from Howard University are Farion Cooper, Ayush Giri, Trey Hawkins, and Anupam Roy.

These four Howard seniors were invited to interview in three separate international competitions in November. Interviews were held in the Washington, D.C. area for the American Rhodes Competition, Barbados for the Caribbean Rhodes and Oxford, England for the new Global Rhodes award. Although the seniors were not ultimately selected for Rhodes Scholarships, their collective achievement demonstrates the high academic caliber of the University and the outstanding character of our students.

Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick made the following statement:  “I am very proud of our high-achieving Rhodes Scholar finalists and note they comprise the largest group of Rhodes finalists in Howard University history. I commend each of these students for their excellent academic achievement and commitment to service. Their contributions will enhance the world around them.”

Meantime, congratulations are also going out to the 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship awardee, Sabrina Newton, a senior political science student from Barbados.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University, the Rangel Fellowship supports extraordinary individuals who intend to pursue a career representing the U.S. Foreign Service and includes up to $95,000 of graduate school assistance over two years.

Newton has held nine leadership positions at Howard, including co-founder and Community Outreach chair for the United Nations Association, the Head Delegate for the International Affairs Society and was a participant in the Rangel International Affairs Summer program for undergraduates. Newton will complete her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in communications this December. The Rangel Fellowship will support Newton through a two-year master’s degree in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service.

President Frederick added, “I hope that increasingly more Howard students will continue to disrupt the status quo, and diversify the application pool by applying for fellowship and prestigious scholarship opportunities with the support of the Office of Honors and Scholar Development.”

“With the encouragement of their Howard family, our students’ academic pursuits and research will undoubtedly provide solutions to the needs of our broader society”, said Frederick.

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