Howard Celebrates Another Rhodes Scholar

Howard Celebrates Another Rhodes Scholar


Classics major and political science minor Marianna Ofosu has given Howard University the distinction of producing two Rhodes Scholars in just four years. Carla Joy Peterman received the award in 1999. That same year, Ofosu began her career at Howard as a National Achievement Scholar.

Thirty-two American college students were selected as Rhodes Scholars last month. Eight regional committees selected the winners from 981 applicants who were endorsed by 341 colleges and universities throughout the nation.

Rhodes Scholarships, created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, provide two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes. Fewer than 3,000 Americans have been selected as Rhodes Scholars, a select group that includes former president Bill Clinton.

Ofosu, whose father is Ghanaian and whose mother is Polish, was born in Gdansk, Poland. While at Howard she has interned at the Embassy of Rwanda and directed a Web site focusing on economic conditions in Africa, as well as maintained a 3.8 grade-point average.

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