Rolita Barrow of Guyana is the Rhodes Caribbean Commonwealth Scholar for 2022. Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason made the announcement yesterday evening at Government House, after a full day of interviews.
Ms Barrow was selected from among 12 candidates, interviewed virtually by the selection committee. The other people interviewed for the prestigious scholarship came from Barbados, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Saint Vincent and Saint Kitts.
Ms. Sandra described the interview process as an “exciting, yet compelling exercise”, which showed that “the Caribbean is crammed with capable, educated, articulate, inclusive, brilliant and passionate young people”, committed to regional development.
Her Excellency added that based on what she saw as the head of the selection committee, the region over the past four years has been “in good hands, provided that we strive to preserve and retain this mental strength and capabilities” in the youth.
Ms. Barrow is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws program at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus. Come next October you will be heading to Oxford University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Law.
The 20-year-old told the Barbados Government Information Service that she felt “proud and blessed” to be awarded the prestigious scholarship, as it was “truly a dream come true”.
“My ultimate goal is to launch legislative and policy changes that will promote youth empowerment in Guyana and across the region through equitable access to education and resources, and inclusion in decision-making places. I believe that my time at Oxford will help shape and strengthen my advocacy, and will be instrumental in helping me to Reaching my fullest potential,” Ms Barrow stated, pledging to make Guyana and the entire Caribbean region proud.
The Rhodes Scholarship is the most prominent and oldest postgraduate scholarship in the world, based at Oxford University since 1903. Scholarships for the Caribbean began in 1953. (Barbados Government Information Service version)