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Rhodes Finalists

OU Honors Students Named 2021 Rhodes Finalists

Honors students Munashe Mataranyika and Aurelius “Miles” Francisco were named finalists for the 2021 Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest and most prestigious international scholarship available, enables undergraduates from around the world an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England.

Munashe Mataranyika portrait photo
Munashe Mataranyika

A pre-law and international and area studies major who is minoring French, Munashe Mataranyika has a perfect 4.0 GPA and plans on graduating in Spring 2021. She is the first ever Zimbabwean OU student to be named a Rhodes finalist.

At OU, she has served as Vice President of InFocus Africa, as Vice President of the International Advisory Committee (IAC), and is the current Judicial Board Chair of IAC. After graduating, she plans to earn an MA in international policy before going on to a career in African development.

Munashe is the oldest of five, and her parents are William and Shelter Mataranyika.

Miles Francisco portrait photo
Miles Francisco

Miles Francisco graduated in May 2020 with degrees in Political Science and African and African American Studies and a 3.89 overall GPA. While at OU, he was named recipient of the Carl Albert Award and the Cortez A.M. Ewing Fellowship. He also served as Vice President of the OU chapter of the NAACP and as Event Chair for Transgender Week of Visibility for three years.

Currently located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he plans to become a university professor and community organizer focused on issues pertaining to marginalized people both within the US and on the global level.

One of three siblings, Miles' parents are Kimberly and Anthony Francisco.

Congratulations to both Miles and Munashe!