Purdue student a Rhodes Scholarship finalist

November 16, 2015  


 

Brenda Ramirz

Brenda Ramirez 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University student Brenda Ramirez has been named a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.

Ramirez, of Romeoville, Illinois, is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College majoring in law and society and corporate communication. After she graduates she plans to study refugees and migration from a global perspective. She is planning a future in law and public policy with the goal of improving how immigrant populations are supplied with needed services and resources.

“I have lived the immigrant experience, and it is imperative for me to give a voice to others like me,” she said. Ramirez was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States as a child, gaining U.S. citizenship in 2012.

Later this month, Ramirez will take part in finalist interviews for the scholarship. The Rhodes Trust is the oldest of the major international competitive award foundations, and the scholarship enables graduate study at the University of Oxford for two to three years. Only 32 U.S. students are selected as Rhodes Scholars annually.

Ramirez underwent a rigorous application process through the National and International Scholarships Office (NISO), which is housed in Purdue's Honors College.

“We are thrilled for Brenda. She was one of the Honors College’s first mentors, lending peer support and guidance to others,” said Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College. “Brenda exemplifies what we strive to help our students develop – leadership skills, interdisciplinary knowledge, and a commitment to global and community engagement.”

Ramirez’s programs of study are in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Sociology.

“Brenda is an outstanding liberal arts student who leads by example in the classroom on campus and beyond,” said David Reingold, the Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal Arts. “She represents the very best at Purdue University and her passion for addressing global issues is powerful and her determination to succeed and help others is inspiring.”

NISO develops student-scholars' skills as they prepare their applications for Purdue’s nominations for prestigious awards. The office also guides students through their applications with info sessions, writing workshops, one-on-one meetings, mock interviews and all the details of scholarship competitions. 

Source: Rosanne Altstatt, Purdue National and International Scholarships Office, altstatt@purdue.edu

VIDEO: Brenda Ramirez: https://www.youtube.com/embed/o49aVMS4dKI  

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