Only One African American in the 40-Member Class of 2012 Gates Cambridge Scholars

Each year 40 Americans are awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships. The awards pay for graduate study at Cambridge University in England. The scholarships were established in 2000 with a $210 million endowment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Of the 40 Gates Cambridge Scholars from America who will begin study in England this fall, it appears that only one is an African American.

Marie Rose Katia Mehu is an appellate level prosecutor for the state of Arizona. She has represented the state in more than 500 criminal appeals. She has argued 10 cases before the Arizona Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College and the law school at Arizona State University.

Mehu will study for an LL.M. degree in international law at Cambridge. After completing her studies in Cambridge, Mehu plans on a career with governmental agencies and/or international organizations promoting the rule of law around the world.

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