Meet the Only Latino to Receive a Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship This Year

*Fantastic! More than 800 students competed for 32 slots. VL

By Yara Simón, Remezcla (1.5 minute read)

With 882 applicants going up for one of 32 coveted slots, the Rhodes Scholarship is extremely competitive. Despite the very low odds, Oscar De Los Santos received a scholarship to further his education at Oxford University. He plans to read for a master of public policy and a master of studies in theology at the UK university. De Los Santos – born in Los Angeles to two formerly undocumented parents – is the only Latino on this year’s list, something he laments.

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“I would like to express my disappointment that I was the only Latino Rhodes Scholar selected this year,” he told the Associated Press. “I personally know hundreds of talented, deserving young Latinos around the country who would contribute to and benefit tremendously from the Rhodes. I’m disappointed that powerful institutions continue to underestimate and marginalize the talents of people of color.”


[Photo courtesy of Oscar de los Santos Facebook]

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