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Brilliant man wins UK Rhodes scholarship, set to bag masters degree at University of Oxford free of charge

A brilliant man named Elijah C. DeVaughn Jr. has been awarded the prestigious Rhodes scholarship to study for his master’s at the University of Oxford, England.

Elijah C. DeVaughn Jr., a California teen bagged his bachelor’s degree in History and Literature at Havard University. He won the prestigious Rhodes scholarship while still a student for his excellent performance and contribution to society.

Elijah was one of the 32 students selected for the 2020 scholarship cohort. He was chosen as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford, England in the United Kingdom. 

He told ABC News that he grew up in a single-parent household, his mother, a teacher, and his father in prison, serving 13 years away from his family. Although this was hard on him, Elijah said seeing his mother work hard and learning from his father’s mistakes pushed him to get a better life for himself.

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“When I pray to God at night, I say, ‘I don’t thank you for placing my dad in jail, but I thank you for the life you’ve given me, even if that’s a part of it. Because it ignites that fire, you know? It pushes you to wanna achieve more, wanna do more,” he said.

He said getting into Harvard, one of the most challenging universities in the country proved to him that hard work does pay off. He overcame adversity and continued his journey of excellence throughout his time at Harvard.

Elijah founded EJayyTalks, a lecture series in Compton to inspire youth which gained many campus accolades. He was also the Co-Chair of the Fellows Study Group program at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

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Elijah said he hopes to use his time at Oxford to further explore his interest in criminal justice reform by studying the respective journeys of Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X to the UK in the 19th and 20th centuries.

“I understand criminal justice to be the civil rights issue of this generation, and so it only makes sense to me that I follow in the footsteps of Douglass and X and journey to the UK, Elijah said. “Both to study how they built transnational coalitions in their time, but also how I can do that in my life,” he added.


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