Morehouse College student receives Rhodes Scholarship

Zimbabwe native Prince Abudu has been named part of the 2016 International Rhodes Scholar class, becoming the fourth Morehouse College student ever to be chosen for the prestigious scholarship.

Each year, the Rhodes Scholarship is awarded to 89 young men and women from around the world who have shown potential to be leaders in the future. Recipients of the scholarship are ensured up to three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

"We are so very pleased that Prince Abudu has been named our fourth Rhodes Scholar," Morehouse College President John Wilson said. "It means a great deal to him and to Morehouse College. Prince’s educational journey has been amazing, as he emerged from a set of exceedingly challenging circumstances in Zimbabwe."

Abudu is currently a senior at Morehouse where he is majoring in computer science. Among the leadership roles he has held is operations leader for an intercontinental youth-driven mentorship program he co-founded in 2012 called Emergination Africa. The program assists students in Africa with skills and guidance with regards to picking colleges. Abudu has also offered insight on democracy and peace as a participant in an Oprah Fellows Program roundtable discussion featuring former African presidents.

While at Oxford, Abudu will seek to obtain a master's degree in computer science.

"This is an opportunity that I have dreamed of all my life," Abudu said. "My studies at Morehouse prepared me for this next endeavor, and I am thrilled to begin this new era of achieving academic excellence."

Abudu attributes his success to the support of his family in Zimbabwe and those at Morehouse College.

Morehouse College is the only Historically Black College (HBCU) in the 2016 Rhodes Scholar class.

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