Honolulu, May 14: Elliot F. Gerson, the American Secretary of Rhodes Trust, announced yesterday the names of the applicants who had qualified for the Rhodes Scholarship this year. “This puts a lot of pressure on me to do great things and represent the state of Hawaii, but I’m proud to take on that responsibility,” stated an overjoyed Jane Doe, a 22 years old HPU senior who became the first HPU student to be selected as a Rhodes Scholar. She has not only made herself and her parents proud, but has honored HPU and the entire Honolulu by her achievement.
This is no mean achievement as the Rhodes scholarship picks only 32 U. S. candidates every year. The competition is tough and only 1 out of 80 scholars get the opportunity to become Rhodes Scholar from around the world. An ecstatic Jane added, “Wow. Bill Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar. ” On asked how she is feeling, she replied with a smile, “This is a dream come true. I applied and was interviewed for this, but never in my wildest dream did I actually think that I would be a Rhodes Scholar. ”
According to Greson, “an ideal Rhodes Scholar candidate has high academic achievement, integrity of character, spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor. Perhaps Jane possesses all these qualities and that is why a tough interview of such an institution of repute seemed a piece of cake to her. The whole HPU community is enthralled with joy. Reacting to Jane’s wonderful achievement, Chatt G. Wright, HPU President said that it was an honor and privilege to be the one to break the news to Jane during her final exams. He informed that her reaction was not only priceless but also one of his proudest moment at HPU as she jumped up and hugged him till he couldn’t breathe.
With a proud smile he added, “We are so proud of Jane being named a Rhodes Scholar. This just underscores the great education that we can provide here at HPU. ” Jane is the daughter of Jon and Judy Doe who live in Manoa. She graduated from Punahou High School in the year 2006. She will be graduating Magna Cum Laude (4. 0 GPA) from HPU at the end of the spring 2010 semester. She is studying Communication with a focus on Journalism and her dream job is to become a columnist at The New York Times.
She was taking the final for Communicating Professionally when she was delivered the good news by Wright. The scholarship covers tuition fees and includes a stipend for living expenses (in total valued at about $ 50, 000 U. S. per year) for 2-3 years. This can stretch to up to 4 years depending on the field of study. Jane will enter the University of Oxford in England in 2010. She excitedly stated, “I’ve never ever been to the Mainland, much less outside the country. This is going to be a wild ride. ” Hope she enjoys and excels in all the rides of her life.