Savannah Native and Hampton University Alumnus named Rhodes Scholarship Finalist


Jeffery Eugene
Jeffery Eugene

Hampton University’s 2011 valedictorian and former Student Government Association President Jeffrey Eugene has been named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarships.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and best-known awards for international study, giving scholars an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England. It is one of the most renowned academic awards available to American college students.

“Jeff has all the qualities that one would hope to find in a Rhodes Scholar,” stated Dr. Freddye Davy, Endowed University Professor and director of the Honors College at Hampton. “He is a future leader, someone who is selfless and cares deeply about others. He is also eager to explore the world. We are terribly proud of him and are wishing him great success in the interviewing process.”

While at HU, Eugene was involved in a wide range of activities including published scientific research with the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acting in a number of college plays and tutoring peers and younger students. Eugene is currently a first year medical student at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. First, their university or college endorses candidates and then a Committees of Selection in each of the 16 U.S. districts invites the strongest applicants to appear before them for interview.

Eugene sought the university endorsement of Hampton University for the scholarship and received it this fall.

“I am grateful and honored to be named a Rhodes Scholar finalist.” stated Eugene. “I have worked hard to emulate the expectations of a Rhodes Scholar throughout my academic career. Hampton has supported me and encouraged me to push myself to achieve. I am truly humbled by the opportunity to interview with the committee.” Eugene is a 2007 graduate of Herschel V. Jenkins High School.

Established in 1902 by the will of Cecil John Rhodes, The Rhodes Scholarships winners are chosen based on requirements set aside by Rhodes in his will.

The criteria are high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor.

On November 18 and 19 Eugene will interview before the District VI selection committee, representing Georgia and Virginia, among 12 other finalists.

Two finalists from the district will be chosen to represent the 32 Rhodes Scholars from the United States.


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