Kudos to Borough daughter Thamara Jean. The Hunter College co-ed was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which is given to only 32 students in the United States, and the first Hunter student to ever receive it.
Thamara is the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She graduated from Edward R. Murrow High School, is active in her community, and a Macaulay honors student at Hunter.
“Thamara Jean is an amazing story,” said Hunter president Jennifer Raab. “She is an extraordinary young scholar and activist who will make her mark as a public intellectual. She represents Hunter’s commitment to making the American Dream come true.”
Thamara said, “The Rhodes Scholarship means a great deal to me and my whole family. Both my parents are immigrants from Haiti and seeing their kids accomplish so much just reaffirms why they came to this country in the first place. Also, being the first from Hunter to win is meaningful because I can play an important part in establishing a path for students who, before now, may never even have considered pursuing an opportunity like this.”
Thamara will receive full expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, where she will enter in October of 2018 and study Political Theory.