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For Hadeel Abdallah, her prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is another way to help refugees
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For Hadeel Abdallah, her prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is another way to help refugees

For Hadeel Abdallah, her prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is another way to help refugees
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Hadeel Abdallah is the talk of the University of Kentucky, and for good reason: the Dunbar High School graduate has become the first Rhodes Scholar it has produced since 1955.

The Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious grant that allows a few brilliant postgraduate students to study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers all expenses for two or three years of study and may, in some instances, allow funding for four.

“I am incredibly honoured to have been selected as a Rhodes Scholar,” Lexington Herald-Leader reported Hadeel as saying. “I am looking forward to the educational opportunities provided to me by this award and what it will mean for my future aspirations. I would like to thank my family, friends, mentors and the University of Kentucky for their help in my endeavors thus far.”

Nor is the Rhodes Scholarship her first win. In April this year, she was awarded the Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 to 58 US students for graduate work. Here’s a video of Eli Capilouto, President of the University of Kentucky, giving Hadeel the news.

In addition to being a scholar, Hadeel is an activist working to provide educational opportunities for refugee women and a national outreach director for Muslim Youth of North America. She also founded the Bilal Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships to underrepresented students across Kentucky. 

At Oxford, Hadeel plans on getting graduate degrees in refugee and forced migration studies and global governance and diplomacy.

The Rhodes Scholarship was stablished in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes. According to a press release from the Rhodes Trust, this year’s class of 32 marks several records and firsts, such as its 21 women Scholars, the most ever in a single class. Almost half of the 32 winners are also immigrants or first-generation Americans.

The first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904, and those elected this week will enter Oxford in October 2019.

(Writing by Seban Scaria)

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