While Football Team Struggles, Academics Improve as UConn Gets First Rhodes Scholar

Jan 21, 2016
Wanjiku N. Gatheru of Pomfret, CT was just named UConn's first Rhodes Scholar. Her major is in Environmental Studies, and she has minors in Global Studies and in Urban and Community Studies, all with a perfect academic record. Wawa is a Truman Scholar, a Udall Scholar, a UN-USA Foundation Global Health Fellow, and a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Scholar. She has founded and led programs on food insecurity and sustainability, and is the vice president of the student government. She is a first generation American of Kenyan descent. At Oxford, she plans to do a master’s degree in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, and a master’s degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.