Morehouse College senior named 2016 Rhodes Scholar

Morehouse College student Prince Abudu plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer science and a MBA at the University of Oxford in England.
By Atlanta Journal Constitution
A Morehouse College student has won a Rhodes Scholarship.

Prince Abudu, a computer science major from Zimbabwe, is the fourth Morehouse student to be selected for the prestigious scholarship, which provides for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

“I’m blessed and excited,” said Abudu, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer science and a MBA at Oxford. “This would not have been possible without the support of my family in Zimbabwe and the new family I have been favored with at Morehouse College. This is an opportunity that I have dreamed of all my life.”

Morehouse president John Silvanus Wilson said Abudu “emerged from a set of exceedingly challenging circumstances in Zimbabwe.

“He arrived at Morehouse with no small degree of raw intelligence, grit, and a clear and compelling determination to succeed. He has developed into the iconic man of Morehouse who is academically, socially and spiritually equipped to lead and do consequential things in the world. We are very proud of him and we are confident that he will thrive at Oxford.”

Morehouse, the first historically black college or university to produce a Rhodes Scholar, is the only HBCU and one of only two Georgia colleges represented in the 2016 class, according to the college.

Emory University student Leah Michalove and Oberlin College student Machmud Makhmudov were among 32 Americans named to this year’s class. In addition to those 32 Americans, an international group of scholars that included Abudu was also selected from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, the nations of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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