Sydni Scott '22CC selected as Rhodes Scholar

January 07, 2022

Sydni Scott '22CC has been selected as a Rhodes Scholar. Majoring in political science and minoring in African American and African Diaspora studies, Ms. Scott will pursue an MPhil in Politics (comparative government). She says she is “interested in exploring questions of race and restitution outside the United States, where a different local and regional framework will enrich my exposure to and understanding of problem-assessment and solution-building.”

Ms. Scott served as a research intern with The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, and her research into reconciliation and reparations in this context led her to found The Amendment Project (TAP), a grassroots organization of her own design, dedicated to creating discourse around racial reparations.

“Sydni’s commitment to studying systems of inequity and advocating for racial justice, her aspiration to pursue accountability and repair for minority communities, garnered admiration and respect from Columbia’s Rhodes nomination committee,” said Ariella Lang, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. “She is a truly deserving candidate.”

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.