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Rhodes Scholarship a prestigious honor for Union grad

Ty Gamble-Eddington always pushes himself to look for opportunities to further his education. After receiving his BA in Political Science and History earlier this year from Union College, he is currently enrolled in a postgraduate program at Trinity College Dublin.

“I’ve been really enjoying it so far,” Gamble-Eddington said. “He’s kind of used to Ireland and getting used to Dublin, and just the field of sociology.”

Next year, the Federation graduate will cross the Irish Sea to study at Oxford University as a scholar from Rhodes. He’s one of 32 Americans who got this prestigious opportunity this year, and according to the union, he’s just The second student in the school’s history to be awarded the title of Rhodes Scholar.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to go to Oxford because it’s always been one of my dream schools, because I mean, it’s just kind of magical when you look at the campus, when you hear about it,” Gamble-Eddington said.

According to the Rhodes Trust, more than 2,300 students have begun the application process, which included eight letters of recommendation, a 1,000-word personal statement, and a 1,000-word academic statement. Of that, 826 are accredited by colleges. Then 16 US district selection committees invited at least 14 finalists for interviews.

“It’s a very long, long process over the weekend, especially if you’re in person,” Gamble-Eddington said. “But I also think it’s very in-depth.”

At the end of the virtual reception, Gamble-Eddington was one of two selected from his district. Ironically, just hours after the announcement, he was on a non-UK flight and still trying to get around what had just happened.

“I went to bed for 3 or 4 hours, and I got up and kind of sat on the plane the whole time like, ‘I’m going to Oxford, to Oxford. “I don’t think it’s embarrassing to go to the UK now,” Gamble-Eddington said.

He is now applying to a master’s program at Oxford, where he plans to study politics. Next, Gamble Eddington looks forward to law school, where he hopes one day to work in international human rights law.

He credits the faculty and staff at the union, as well as his family, for helping him get to where he is today.

“Everyone has kind of supported me along the way and encouraged me to do what I want, and sort of follow my passion,” Gamble-Eddington said. “And that’s something I really appreciate, especially as someone who doesn’t come from those privileged backgrounds; it’s been really amazing to have these support systems, not only at school, but also at home.”

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