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08 December 2020

Student awarded prestigious scholarship

King’s student Kenza Wilks has been awarded a prestigious scholarship.

Kenza Wilks

Kenza, 21, has been selected as Bermuda’s Rhodes Scholar for 2021 and will join more than 100 fellow Rhodes Scholars from around the globe at Rhodes House, at the University of Oxford, in the autumn of next year.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the world’s oldest graduate fellowship, based at the University of Oxford since 1903. The programme awards fully-funded scholarships each year to students with proven academic excellence, exceptional character, leadership capabilities, and commitment to solving humanity’s challenges.

Kenza, who is studying for a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics with Chinese Language at King’s, told the Royal Gazette: “Every year there are always so many incredibly talented applicants in Bermuda, but only one student can be sent to Oxford”.

“I just remember being so incredibly grateful to the selection committee for trusting me with this responsibility to represent Bermuda as the 2021 Rhodes Scholar.”

Kenza, who is studying in the Department of Political Economy, added: “There are countless challenges on the horizon for Bermuda and I am hoping that the Rhodes Scholarship not only equips me with a world class education from Oxford but also helps me develop the skills needed to help address these emerging challenges.”

“I am really looking forward to working with a diverse set of Rhodes Scholars from all around the world when I start my graduate studies at Oxford next year.”

Kenza’s passion is Chinese studies, which he plans to continue at Oxford as part of his scholarship.

Kenza attended Somersfield Academy in Bermuda before going to Dulwich College in London. He then spent a year at Tsinghua University in Beijing on the Confucius Scholarship before arriving at King’s.

He served as Vice-president of the PPE Society and has also competed for the university lacrosse team.