Alumnus Kofi Gunu '17 Named Rhodes Scholar

Augustana alumnus and Rhodes Scholar Kofi Gunu '17

Augustana alumnus Kofi Gunu (class of 2017) has been named the 2019 Rhodes Scholar for West Africa.

Gunu, a native of Ghana, graduated summa cum laude from Augustana University in 2017, where he received a B.A. in Government/International Affairs. In 2016, he was named a Schwarzman Scholar, which granted him the opportunity to obtain his master's degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In addition to his time at Augustana, he worked for the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) in Washington, D.C.

Gunu is the fourth Rhodes Scholarship winner from Augustana. At the University of Oxford in England, he will conduct research on issues at the intersection of climate change and Sino-Africa relations.

“We are extremely proud of Kofi and his accomplishments,” said Dr. Patrick Hicks, AU faculty representative for the Rhodes Scholarship. “To receive an award of this caliber is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Kofi left a lasting legacy of leadership at Augustana. He is truly a role model for students.”

About the Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding students for study at the University of Oxford. Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest and among the most prestigious international graduate scholarship programs in the world. A class of 100 Scholars is selected each year from 60 countries.

A Rhodes Scholarship covers all university and college fees, the application fee, a living stipend, one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship and one economy flight back to the student's home country at the conclusion of the scholarship.


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