ANN ARBOR, MI – Amytess Girgis was overpowered with intense, competing emotions when she received word she had been named a Rhodes Scholar.
Girgis, a senior at the University of Michigan, was one of 32 Americans to be awarded as a prestigious Rhodes Scholar, becoming part of a diverse class that includes 22 students of color – the most ever elected in one year in the United States.
That fact wasn’t lost on Girgis, who is Iranian and Egyptian, causing her to consider the weight of the implications of the scholarship.
“I am both celebrating and mourning the fact that Cecil Rhodes would be turning over in his grave if he knew that an Iranian-Egyptian American woman had won this scholarship,” Girgis told MLive. “The Rhodes Trust recognizes this. It’s both a sad and beautiful thing that we can work toward the reconciliation that needs to happen to undo these