Joy Buolamwini is one of thirty-two
students in the U.S. to receive this prestigious honor
Memphis, Tenn. – Joy Buolamwini, Cordova High School Class of 2008, has been named a
2013 Rhodes Scholar – one of the oldest and most prestigious academic awards
available in the world. Buolamwini is one of 32 students from across the
country chosen as Rhodes Scholars and will represent the United States at the
University of Oxford in England. She is a 2012 graduate of
Georgia Tech University where she received a degree in computer science. Shewill spend two years
at Oxford working on a Masters of Science in African Studies.
Scholarship was established in 1902 through the will of Cecil Rhodes, a British philanthropist
and African colonial pioneer. The first class of American Rhodes Scholars
entered Oxford in 1904. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding
scholarly achievements, but also for their character, commitment to others and
to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains
their careers may lead.