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Former Campionite Keon West is the 2005/2006 Rhodes Scholar.
West who is now majoring in Psychology and French at Macalester College in Minnesota in the United States was one of ten applicants vying for the coveted spot.
Making the announcement at King’s House on Thursday (November 17), Governor General and Chair of the Selection Committee, His Excellency Sir Howard Cooke said the selection process was a difficult one as all the applicants were competent individuals.
Sir Howard said there was no doubt that Jamaica was still capable of producing persons of the highest intellectual merit in the world. He said it would probably become necessary to put in an appeal to corporate bodies and individuals to provide scholarships so that more than one individual could benefit.
“I would like to appeal to corporate bodies and individuals.to consider my advice and make available to us, sums of money so that the committee can give many more scholarships,” the Governor General stated.In a JIS interview the 21 year old scholar expressed his pleasure at being chosen. “I suspect it’s not going to sink in until tomorrow,” he quipped.
Come next year, West will enroll at Oxford University where he will study experimental psychology, but pledges to return to the island upon completion of his tenure. A naturalized Jamaican, Keon was born in Diego Martin, Trinidad and raised in Jamaica.
The final ten candidates were short listed from 26 applicants.