Fitzroy Wickham, a 22-year-old from St. Ann, was recently chosen to be the Rhodes Scholar for Jamaica for 2021.
He was one of the 10 candidates vying for the scholarship. The selection committee was chaired this year by Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, and with other members being Rhodes Scholars from previous years in addition to Professor Dale Webber, Pro-Vice Chancellor and principal of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies.
Fitzroy is a neuroscience student studying at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is a past student of York Castle High School in Brown’s Town, St Ann.
The Rhodes Scholarship allows outstanding students worldwide to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. It is the most prestigious of the international scholarship programs and also the oldest, first being awarded in 1902.
Prominent Jamaican Rhodes Scholars include the island’s first premier, Norman Manley, Jamaican politician Noel Nethersole and author and choreographer, Rex Nettleford.
Congratulations Fitzroy and all the best on your studies!