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‘Believe In Yourself’: CU Boulder Student Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Singh’s commitment to making a difference in the world, combined with her promise of great leadership and academic succe...

 

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A University of Colorado Boulder student is among the 32 Americans to win the prestigious 2019 Rhodes Scholarship. Serene Singh, a senior at CU Boulder, is also the first female student from the university to claim the coveted scholarship to study at Oxford University in England...

...“I have optimistic energy and sometimes an overly positive attitude about things that can be fixed,” she explained. “I think that’s important because I think sometimes communities feel like nothing can be done. They need someone to say, ‘Wait a second! Let’s challenge this creatively.’ I try to do that in everything that I’m working on, whether it’s gender equality, religious communities, with young women and girls. I just try to say, ‘Let me bring my energy and optimism to this and show everyone even if it’s pessimistic and sad right now, whatever is going on can change.’”

Singh’s commitment to making a difference in the world, combined with her promise of great leadership and academic successes, are among the many reasons why she earned the Rhodes Scholarship. It is an opportunity that will send her across the pond to pursue double master’s degrees.

“The first one is criminology and criminal justice, the second one is evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation,” Singh explained...

...The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the most competitive academic scholarships in the world. Winners are selected on academic excellence, great personal energy, ambition for impact, the ability to work with others, a commitment to making a strong difference for good in the world, concern for the welfare of others and awareness of inequities. Applicants must be endorsed by their university or college. This year, more than 2,500 students sought their university’s endorsement, and 880 students were endorsed by 281 colleges. Nearly half of this year’s 32 recipients are immigrants or first-generation Americans.

The scholarship pays all college fees, provides a stipend and transportation to and from England, for an award up to $70,000 per year for up to four years.

 

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