On behalf of President Karen Gould and the entire campus community, I am extremely pleased to announce that Zujaja Tauqeer has been selected as a 2011 Rhodes Scholar. Rhodes Scholarships are considered the oldest and most renowned award for international study available to American college graduates. The scholarship provides expenses for two to three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
Tauqeer, a member of the Macaulay Honors College, is a history major who minors in political science and participates in the Coordinated B.A.-M.D. Program with SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. She is the third Brooklyn College student to be chosen as a Rhodes Scholar—a feat accomplished by only one other CUNY institution.
According to the faculty, her brilliance is evident both in and out of the classroom. She has overcome significant personal hardship in the pursuit of higher education, and I cannot imagine a more worthy recipient of the Rhodes award. Obtaining her master’s degree in the history of medicine at Oxford University before returning to her medical studies at SUNY Downstate will undoubtedly make her an even finer physician.
I am also grateful to all the members of the college community, especially the staff of the Scholarships Office, who spent many hours assisting Tauqeer with the process.
In addition to her scholarly work, Tauqeer volunteers with the Brooklyn College Emergency Medical Squad, the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and the Sunset Park Family Health Center.
Please join me in congratulating Zujaja Tauqeer and wishing her luck in her future endeavors.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs