by Natalie Monique
23 year old Shmona Simpson, is the new recipient of the highly prestigious Rhodes Scholarship Award for 2012, a first for the Cayman Islands, she surrently holds a BSc in Global Health. (Little history) Before 1976, women were not allowed to apply for this coveted award.
The award was established by and also is named after Cecil Rhodes and is the oldest an international scholarship given to high achievers to pursue studies at the highly accredited Oxford University in London, and possibly the most prestigious too. 83 scholars are selected from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, India, South Africa region, Hong Kong, Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Pakistan, United States, Zambia and New Zealand.
There is ONE Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship; available only to Jamaican nationals and ONE Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship awarded to candidates from the Caribbean, which may also include a Jamaica student. The criteria for the awards is based on various elements such as Exceptional intellect, Character, Leadership and Comittment to service.
Simpson was announced Caribbean winner at the Government House in Cayman Islands recently. According to Nation News sources, in her response before an audience including Acting Governor General Elliot Belgrave and Chief Justice Marston Gibson, she said,“It’s an achievement, an honor because the candidates this year were of excellent quality. I feel truly humble to have won the scholarship for 2012.”
Caymans ‘model’ student will now join the famed list of persons who have previously received this Award, such as former US president Bill Clinton (1978).
The Caribbean proudly boasts other previous recent Rhode Scholars such as, David Walcott (Jamaica RS, 2011), Luke Foster from Jamaica (Caribbean RS 2011); Alecia Johns (Jamaica, 2010), Kamal Wood, UWI Barbados (Caribbean RS 2010). Congrats to Miss Simpson on her huge accomplishment so fa representing her small island …
Taking the Caribbean to the worldddd in every aspect!!