Union College graduate awarded 2022 Rhodes Scholarship

SCHENECTADY – A Union College alumnus has been awarded the 2022 Rhodes Scholarship – the second student in the college’s history to receive this honor.

The Rhodes Trust announced in a November statement that Tawreak “Ty” Gamble-Eddington, of Springfield, Massachusetts, is among 32 recipients, selected from a pool of 826 candidates from American colleges, who will pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University. . 21.

Gerson, US Secretary of the Rhodes Fund, said: “They truly inspire young leaders, and we are confident that their contributions to public welfare nationally and globally will expand significantly over the course of their careers across sectors and disciplines.” from this year’s category.

The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic scholarships in the world.

Gamble-Eddington, a member of the Union’s Class of 2021, is the second Union College student to receive the scholarship since 1902, when the Rhodes Program was first established. He follows in the footsteps of Greg Mayer, a Class 84, who is now a senior leader at Massachusetts General Brigham Hospitals in the Boston area.

The selection process has almost been completed for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.


“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Ty on receiving such a fitting honour,” said Federation President David R. Harris. “Just as Tai’s leadership on campus has inspired so many to work for positive change, I’m sure he will have a huge impact across several tomorrows.”

Gamble-Eddington graduated with honors, majoring in Political Science and History with a minor in Political Economy and Hispanic and Hispanic Studies. Last spring, he was awarded the Frank Bailey Award, which is given annually to seniors who have rendered the greatest service to college in any field.

He was known on campus for his community activism and work with organizations including Union Pride, Black Student Union, LGBTQ + Committee, Diversity Liaison Committee and Civic Engagement Committee.

Gamble-Eddington helped found the Union branch of My Brother’s Keeper, a mentor program for Schenectady youth. During winter 2019, he traveled to Argentina, where he worked with a law firm providing services to the poor, homeless, and juveniles. In the fall of 2019 abroad, he was in Seville, Spain, taking lessons on immigration policy and working with an organization to help immigrants exercise their legal rights.

As an aspiring international lawyer, he conducted his senior thesis on reforms designed to enhance minority participation in the democratic process.

Among his many awards, Gamble-Eddington has been awarded the George J. Mitchell Scholarship to support a year of postgraduate studies in Race, Ethnicity, and Conflict at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Scholarships at Rhodes average $70,000 annually and cover all expenses for up to four years of study. Scholars are free to study the full range of disciplines offered at Oxford, including the life sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and physical sciences.

At Union, Gamble-Eddington said, “I have truly fallen in love with all of my classes, and have wonderful professors and advisors who are experts in their fields and who have helped me chart the best course for my future.”

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