Chelsie Riche is one of 36 students nationwide awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, one of the oldest and most esteemed universities in the world.
“The scholarship resonates with what I’ve been doing at Rutgers,” says Riche, who has focused her research and activism on providing access to education for marginalized communities.
She planned 5K walks to promote literacy and collected school supplies for local and global communities. In the spring of 2016, she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to facilitate college readiness workshops for more than 90 learners. She also interned for Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), working with his senior team on education policy and on civil rights and social justice issues.
Riche says after the one-year fellowship at Cambridge she aims to obtain a PhD/JD in education and law “to hopefully influence education reform policy.”
Excerpted from Rutgers Today