Michigan State University student named finalist for prestigious graduate school scholarship

October 13, 2020

East Lansing, Mich. – One Michigan State University undergraduate student is a finalist for the Global Rhodes Scholarship.

Abii-Tah Chungong Bih is an Honors College senior majoring in international relations, and comparative cultures and politics from James Madison College. She is a MasterCard Foundation Scholar from Cameroon, which is a global program aimed at “developing Africa’s next generation of leaders” who will transform their countries.

Bih is currently the President for the Associated Students of MSU (ASMSU), and serves on MSU’s Homecoming Court. She co-founded Displaced, Not Defeated Peace Project in Kribi, Cameroon, which raised over $11,000 to construct and equip work centers for internally displaced women and released war prisoners. Prior to coming to MSU, she attended the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

At the University of Oxford, Abii-Tah plans to pursue an MPhil degree in Comparative Governance. Her research focuses on contemporary African politics and participatory governance. Her ultimate goal is to build stronger and more equitable democratic institutions across Africa by creating professional political schools that will educate aspiring politicians from marginalized backgrounds on the continent.

MSU has produced 19 U.S. Rhodes Scholars and one Rhodes Scholar for Zambia.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. The U.S. Rhodes Scholarship awards 32 scholarships, and the Global Rhodes Scholarship awards two scholarships.

The National and International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.

  Abii-Tah Bih