Donald “Field” Brown, a senior at Mississippi State University, was named a Rhodes Scholar by The Rhodes Trust on Sunday.
Brown, an English and philosophy major, was among 32 people in the U.S. selected to study at Oxford University next October. Brown’s scholarship will cover expenses to study at the prestigious British university for two to three years. Each award amounts to $50,000 per academic year.
“It’s still surreal right now,” Brown told the Associated Press. “I’ve never been speechless until I heard my name called to the get the scholarship.”
The 22-year-old is the second person to receive the Rhodes scholarship from his school.
During his time in college, Brown co-founded The Streetcar, a literary magazine, and served as president of the Philosophy and Religion Club. He was also active in intramural sports. His future goal is to receive a doctorate in African-American literature.