University of Richmond Student Selected as Rhodes Scholar Finalist

December 2, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — Nia Cambridge, a University of Richmond senior from Nassau, Bahamas, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar finalist.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements as well as their character, commitment to others and the common good, and potential for leadership in their career pursuits.

Cambridge is a double major in environmental studies and Global Studies: Development and Change. She is minoring in geography and Luso-Brazilian Studies. She plans to pursue a career in sustainable development.

“As someone from a developing country, I've always been interested in deconstructing the concept of development and talking about the people, values, and cultures that are often ignored or oppressed in the name of ‘advancement’ and ‘progress’,” Cambridge said. “Sustainability brings together everything I’m interested in — human well-being, problem-solving, and scientific knowledge. The interactions between nature, the environment, and socioeconomics are complex, and I hope to help play a role in answering important questions about what sustainable development looks like.”

“Nia is the embodiment of the academic excellence that is at the core of all we do,” said University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher. “I am continually impressed by our students’ curiosity in their areas of study and their commitment to leaving the world a better place than they found it.”

“We are so proud of Nia's accomplished as a finalist,” said Dana Kuchem, director of UR’s Office of Scholars and Fellowships. “Nia is committed to leading and advocating positive change around the world.”