Rhodes Scholar is prepared to pursue global goals

Elvin Irihamye sits on a stool in front of a large window while smiling at the camera.

What kind of place is Indiana University? It’s where you can bring your passions and perspectives and broaden and hone them so you’re prepared to tackle your dreams. Just ask Elvin Irihamye, who was named one of 32 U.S. recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford.

The Kentucky native gained a worldview by living abroad and traveling extensively as a youth. A bright student who studied at a residential STEM high school, Elvin found a home at IU with its Wells Scholars Program, which helped him build on his perspectives. Elvin embraced new opportunities, serving on a student sustainability committee and the Board of Aeons, which focuses on the student experience. Armed with more confidence, Elvin co-founded The Eckford Mentorship Program, which is strengthening the pipeline of minority talent into the workforce.

Now Elvin is thinking bigger. He wants to use the scholarship to make health care more equitable. Elvin’s goals include creating health innovations for the developing world to improve health outcomes on an international scale.

What kind of place can IU be for you? Read Elvin’s story and learn more.

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I feel as if the Rhodes Scholarship means that I have a responsibility to fight the world’s fight.

Elvin Irihamye