The bitter truth is that Academic Excellence is like a roadmap, there are many things involved to attain extreme heights in life.Rhodes Scholars are chosen based on the requirements set out in the will of Cecil John Rhodes who established the Scholarship in 1903.Academic excellence is a major requirement for selection but it is only a threshold condition. Other important criteria include moral force of character, commitment to service and the instinct to lead.A total of 2,948 applications were received from intending scholars across the region out of which 244 that graduated with a First Class degree or its equivalent made it to the next round. Through further screening and in-person interviews, the number was eventually reduced to 15.
A 20-year-Old Ghanaian Statistician,Emmanuelle Dankwa And A 24-year-Old Nigerian Doctor,Toluwalase Awoyemi Won The 2018 Rhodes Scholarship For West Africa Out of 15 Candidates that made it to the final shortlist. They will be joining 93 other scholar-elects from around the world to commence studies at the prestigious University of Oxford in October next year.
Sangu Delle, Chairman of Golden Palms Investments Corporation (GPI) and also a member of the Selection Committee noted:
“Originally, the West African Scholarship for 2018 was intended for one scholar. However, with the exceptional brilliance demonstrated by all the finalists, it was decided that two scholars will be selected but this did not make the job any less difficult for the Selection Committee.”
Dankwa graduated with First Class Honours in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Ghana in July 2017 and currently serves as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Statistics in the same institution.She founded a plastic waste recycling advocacy group in her undergraduate days which took an active role in enlightening the University Community, local government and some plastic recycling firms on the benefits of recycling waste.