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Published 23rd November 2011, 3:35pm

Caymanian Shmona Simpson is a 2012 winner of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Ms. Simpson, 23, was presented with the award at Barbados' Government House on 22 November by the scholarship's selection committee. Shmona already has a first-class honours degree from the University of London and an MSc in global health from the University of Oxford. Minister for Education, Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, offered his praise, "On behalf of my Ministry and the Government, I would like to congratulate Shmona on this most outstanding achievement. This is a huge honour, not just for Shmona but also for our country as a whole. Shmona is one of our own national scholarship recipients, and it is exciting to see her academic and leadership achievements acknowledged in this way. She is a true testament to the success that can come through hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence." The Rhodes Scholarship is named for Cecil Rhodes, an English-born South African who was the founder of the De Beers diamond company. The scholarship programme targets applicants with "proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard, who also show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full". Past recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship include American President Bill Clinton (1968) and the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Rex Nettleford (1957). The scholarship is an international postgraduate award for study at the University of Oxford, and is considered one of the world's most prestigious scholarships by such institutions as Time, Yale University Press, and the Associated Press (source: ).