Shakeba Foster is the 2017 Rhodes Scholar for Jamaica

“It’s never been easy,” she’ll tell you, but when Shakeba Foster was announced this afternoon as the 2017 Jamaica Rhodes Scholar it was not hard to wrap herself in a ‘surprise’ date with destiny.


She is bound for the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world where she’ll pursue a Master of Philosophy in economics.

“I am excited. I was a little bit surprised because initially I was doubtful about even applying for the scholarship. I am surprised but grateful”

said 23-year-old economics lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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