Hampton, VA. – Hampton University Senior Alyssa Seunarine is a finalist to receive, what is widely considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious awards, the Rhodes Scholarship.
“When I got the email, I was so overwhelmed. I was so happy. I was in shock. I called everyone,” said Seunarine.
Seunarine’s professors encouraged her to apply for the scholarship, she said, “When I saw how much they believed in me, that is what made me do this. I guessed, they must see something in me.”
Seunarine is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently studying Chemical Engineering at Hampton and is expected to graduate in May 2017.
The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for non-British students to study at the University of Oxford.
“If I do win the scholarship, I plan to major in Computer Science and Philosophy at Oxford,” she said.
Seunarine will complete her final interview for the scholarship in Barbados on Nov. 22nd.
“Everything happens for a reason. whatever happens, I am happy,” she said.
Hampton University has had three other Rhodes Scholarship finalists in recent years: Jeffrey Marcus Eugene, Joshua Gopeesingh and Tanesha Johnson.