SCHENECTADY — For the second time in history, a Union College student has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Tawreak “Ty” Gamble-Eddington was one of 32 individuals selected from a pool of 826 candidates representing 247 colleges across the country, according to a Saturday announcement from the Rhodes Trust, which oversees the more than century-old scholarship program, widely viewed as the most prestigious in the world.
A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Gamble-Eddington graduated from Union this past June. He joins Gregg Meyer, a member of the college’s class of 1984, as the only two Union students to receive the scholarship since the program was founded in the early 1900s.
The scholarship allows 32 students from across the country to study at the University of Oxford in England free of charge for up to four years.
Gamble-Eddington, who did not immediately return a request seeking comment, is expected to begin his Oxford studies next October, where he plans to attain a masters degree in comparative government, according to the Rhodes Trust.
He applied for the scholarship with the help of the National Fellowships and Scholarships Office at Union College, according to a news release from the college.
Gamble-Eddington is currently studying at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where he is studying race, ethnicity and conflict after receiving the George J. Mitchell Scholarship last year. The scholarship — created by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance and named in honor of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who helped broker a peace deal between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the 1990s — provides 12 individuals a year an opportunity to study in Ireland for a year at no cost.
David Harris, president of Union College, said Gamble-Eddington has inspired the campus community and will continue continue to have a “significant impact.”
“It is a pleasure to congratulate Ty on receiving such a fitting honor,” he said in a news release. “Just as Ty’s leadership on campus has inspired so many to work for positive change, I am certain he will have a significant impact across multiple tomorrows.”
A political science and history major, Gamble-Eddington — who also minored in political economy, Spanish and Hispanic studies — was active while at Union, working as a community activist and student leader.
He worked with a number of campus organizations, including Union Pride and the Black Student Union. He also served on the college’s LGBTQ+ Committee, the Diversity Liaison Committee and the Civic Engagement Committee, and helped found Union’s chapter of My Brother’s Keeper, a mentoring program serving Schenectady youth.
Gamble-Eddington also studied abroad, where he stayed active in his work, according to the news release.
In the winter term of 2019, he traveled to Argentina, where he worked with a legal firm to provide services to the poor, homeless and juvenile inmates. While studying abroad in Seville, Spain, in the fall of 2019, Gamble-Eddington took classes on immigration policy and worked for an organization the help immigrants exercise their legal rights.
Last spring, he received the college’s Frank Bailey Prize, which is awarded annually to a senior on campus that has made the greatest impact while on campus, according to the college’s website.
This year’s Rhodes Scholarship class includes 22 women, the most ever, according to the Rhodes Trust.
Elliot Gerson, American secretary for the Rhodes Trust, said he has no doubt this year’s recipients will go on to great things following their stay at Oxford.
“They are inspiring young leaders already, and we are confident that their contributions to public welfare nationally and globally will expand exponentially over the course of their careers in varied sectors and disciplines,” he said in a statement.
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