Brooklyn College's Eugene Shenderov Wins 2005 Rhodes Scholarship
November 22 — Brooklyn College student Eugene Shenderov, 21, a senior
in the College’s prestigious B.A.-M.D.
program, has been awarded a 2005
Rhodes Scholarship. Shenderov, twenty-one, learned Saturday night after
a full day of interviews with the District II Selection Committee of the
Rhodes Trust that he will be among those traveling to Oxford in October
2005, making him the second Brooklyn College student and the fifth student
from the City University of New York ever to receive what is undoubtedly
the most famous scholarship in the world.
Eugene Shenderov, 2005 Rhodes Scholar
Besides Shenderov, City College of New York’s Lev Sviridov has
been named among the thirty-two Rhodes Scholars selected this year from
the United States. The scholars were chosen from 904 applicants representing
341 colleges and universities. Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest of the
international study awards available to American students, provide for
two or three years of study at Oxford. With all expenses paid (including
travel), this averages out to an annual stipend of approximately $35,000
It will be a return visit to Oxford for Shenderov, who spent the previous
summer in the historic English town on a Furman Undergraduate Travel Grant
from Brooklyn College. From June through August, Shenderov worked as a
tumor immunology research assistant at John Radcliffe Hospital with Dr.
Enzo Cerundolo at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine University
at Oxford. Shenderov intends to earn a doctorate in immunology, with a
specialty in cancer research.
“We are thrilled,” said Brooklyn College President Christoph
M. Kimmich. “Eugene is a winner—an outstanding student, active
in the College and the community, with a wide range of interests. For
him, as for so many immigrants who preceded him here, Brooklyn College
is the gateway into productive lives and satisfying careers.”
The morning after he learned of the scholarship, Shenderov, president
of the Brooklyn College Chess Team, was on campus, where his club was
hosting a blitz chess tournament. An unexpectedly heavy turnout at the
tournament and the presence of seven chess grand masters in the Brooklyn
College cafeteria seemed almost exciting to this Edward R. Murrow High
School graduate as the news of his prestigious scholarship. Besides chess,
Shenderov is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society at
Brooklyn College, a director of the Brooklyn College Emergency Medical
Squad, and a three-time letter-winner on the men’s tennis team.
Despite his busy schedule, he still managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA.
The last time a Brooklyn College student received a Rhodes scholarship
was in 1991, when philosophy and political science major Lisette Nieves
was selected for the award. Nieves and several Brooklyn College professors
were recruited by Evelyn Guzman, director of the Office
of Scholarships, to help Shenderov with practice interviews to prepare
him for the arduous selection process. Shenderov was especially grateful
to Guzman for helping him through the procedure. “The first thing
I did after I found out I had won was to call home and have my parents
give me her number,” he says.
His parents are understandably proud. “Last night, when I got home,
my father had printed out this sign and taped it to our front door that
said ‘Home of the Rhodes Scholar for 2005,’” Shenderov
said, noting that he tore it down as soon as he saw it. “He had
even decorated it with a photo of Christ Church College in Oxford that
he downloaded from the Internet.”
Shenderov currently receives the Brooklyn College Foundation Presidential
Scholarship, the Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship, and the Irving
R. and Pauline K. Shaw Chemistry Scholarship.
The first Rhodes Scholar ever to hail from a CUNY school was James T.
Molloy, a graduate of City College of New York, who was awarded the scholarship
in 1939. Raymond Peretzsky, a Queens College student, was selected for
the scholarship in 1982. The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902
by the will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and colonial pioneer.
The first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.