LAS Alumnus Sami Alahmadi Named Second Rhodes Scholar for Saudi Arabia

Alahmadi, a 2018 UIC graduate in biological sciences and minor in Spanish from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is part of a cohort of more than 100 scholars from around the world to earn the honor over the past few weeks, making this the largest class of scholars in the history of the Rhodes Scholarship.

The scholarship, issued by the Rhodes Trust, is one of the most prestigious international scholarship programs and enables outstanding students from around the world who demonstrate high potential in learning and leading to study at the University of Oxford.

Having been a finalist in 2018, Alahmadi said the last year has been one of self-reflection. To go through the application process a second time and to be named a Rhodes Scholar this year is incredibly “humbling and fulfilling,” according to Alahmadi, who was born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

“I am also especially honored to be able to represent Saudi Arabia and use my experiences as a Saudi to inform my interactions with my peers and in turn learn from their unique perspectives,” he said.

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