SCHENECTADY – For the second time in history, a Union College student has received a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Tawreak “Ty” Gamble-Eddington was one of 32 people selected from a pool of 826 applicants representing 247 colleges across the country, according to an announcement Saturday from the Rhodes Trust, which oversees the more than century-old scholarship program, widely regarded as the most prestigious in the world.
A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Gamble-Eddington graduated from the Union last June. He joined the college’s graduating class Gregg Meyer in 1984 as the only two Union students to receive the scholarship since the program’s inception in the early 1900s.
The scholarship allows 32 students from across the country to study for free at the University of Oxford in England for up to four years.
Gamble-Eddington, who did not immediately return a request for comment, is expected to begin his studies at Oxford next October, where he plans to earn a master’s degree in comparative government, according to the Rhodes Trust.
He applied for the scholarship with the help of the National Fellowships and Scholarships Office at Union College, according to a press release from the college.
Gamble-Eddington is currently studying at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where he studies race, ethnicity and conflict after receiving the George J. Mitchell Fellowship last year. The scholarship – created by the Irish-American Alliance and named after former US Senator George Mitchell, who helped negotiate a peace deal between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in the 1990s – offers 12 people per year the opportunity to study in Ireland for one year free of charge.
David Harris, president of Union College, said Gamble-Eddington has inspired the campus community and will continue to have a “significant impact.”
“It is a pleasure to congratulate Ty for receiving such an appropriate honor,” he said in a press release. “Just as Ty’s leadership on campus inspired so many to work for positive change, I’m sure he will have a significant impact on many tomorrows. “
A graduate in political science and history, Gamble-Eddington – who also earned a minor in political economy, Spanish and Hispanic studies – was active at Union, working as a community activist and student leader.
He has worked with a number of campus organizations including Union Pride and Black Student Union. He has also served on the college’s LGBTQ + committee, diversity liaison committee, and civic engagement committee, and helped found the Union chapter of My Brother’s Keeper, a mentorship program serving youth in Schenectady.
Gamble-Eddington also studied abroad, where he remained active in his work, according to the press release.
In the winter 2019 term, he traveled to Argentina, where he worked with a law firm to provide services to the poor, homeless and young inmates. While studying abroad in Seville, Spain, in the fall of 2019, Gamble-Eddington took courses in immigration policy and worked for an organization that helps immigrants exercise their legal rights.
Last spring, he received the college’s Frank Bailey Award, which is awarded annually to a senior on campus who has had the most impact on campus, according to the college’s website.
This year’s Rhodes Scholarship class includes 22 women, the highest number on record, according to the Rhodes Trust.
Elliot Gerson, US Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, said there is no doubt this year’s recipients will accomplish great things after their time in Oxford.
“They are already inspiring young leaders, and we are confident that their contributions to public welfare nationally and globally will increase exponentially over the course of their careers in various sectors and disciplines,” he said in a statement.
Contact reporter Chad Arnold at 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.
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