Intern is Rhodes Scholar
A 23-YEAR-OLD Jamaican doctor is the latest Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholar.
Dr Luke St Patrick Foster was selected ahead of seven others after hours of interviews at Government House yesterday by a committee chaired by Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands.
“I’m very honoured and very privileged to have been [given] this award this year. I’m at a loss for words – I’m very surprised as you can see.
“But I think it will be a wonderful opportunity to continue a path that will allow me to really make an impact in my field later on. I’m very grateful. It’s been an amazing experience.
“I’ve been able to meet a wonderful group of candidates both in Jamaica and here . . . . I think it’s just been a very memorable experience for me and I’m very grateful,” said a beaming Foster, who was is the first person in his family to win a Rhodes Scholarship.
He recently completed his degree with honours at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and is currently a medical intern.
Foster aspires to be a surgeon. He takes up studies in October 2011 on a fully paid scholarship at Oxford University.
The other candidates interviewed were from The Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Kitts. The Rhodes Scholarship is the most prestigious post-graduate scholarship in the world.
Foster will be joined by his classmate Dr David Walcott, who won the Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship for 2011.