first_imgRice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. AddThis ShareCONTACT: MargotDimondPHONE: (713) 348-6775EMAIL: [email protected] WINS SCHOLARSHIP FOR CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERSHIPOnly Five NationwideWin $50,000 ScholarshipsRice University studentAudrey Ette, a senior from Dayton, Texas, is one of five national winners of a$50,000 Fight For Your Rights Leadership Scholarship.The FFYR scholarshipprogram is sponsored by MTV and SHiNE, a national nonprofit organization that isthe designated youth component of the White House’s national Campaign AgainstYouth Violence, and the National Conference for Community and Justice, inpartnership with the Anti-Defamation League and the Leadership Conference onCivil Rights. (SHiNE stands for Seeking Harmony in NeighborhoodsEveryday.)The scholarship is givento a student leader between 16 and 24 who is committed to social change, has ademonstrated record of involvement in civil rights work and plans to study orpursue a career that supports the advancement of civil rights.“I feel very blessed andfortunate to have been selected for such an honor,” said Ette. “Out of anestimated 30,000 students who downloaded the application from the MTV web site,only five were chosen and I was one of them.”A politicalscience/managerial studies major, Ette plans to use her scholarship money toattend law school after completing her undergraduate degree. She sees her lawdegree “as an avenue into politics to work in areas concerning minority affairsor education.” Ette graduated fromDayton High School as the salutatorian of her class. Her mother, Rita Gilmore,is a high school economics teacher and debate coach and her father, RenwickGilmore, is a pastor.She is currentlypresident of the Black Student Association and a member of the MinorityInterests Committee; ADVANCE, which stands for Advocating Diversity and the needfor Cultural Exchange; the National Society of Black Engineers; and the newlyformed chapter of the Rice NAACP. In addition, she serves on the President’sCouncil for Minority Affairs.Ette has served as anOrientation Week advisor at Baker College and a diversity facilitator. As amember of the Black Student Coalition, she was involved in bringing the esteemedscholar Cornel West to Rice and coordinating the second Racial Solidarity Week.She also is a member of the Rice Melodious Voices of Praise Gospel Choir andIMPACT Bible Study. Last year, she was selected for Who’s Who Among AmericanColleges & Universities.“It is exciting but notsurprising, that Audrey would win a national leadership award,” said TerryShepard, vice president for public affairs, the campus office where Ette isemployed. “Across campus, she has been a poised, strong and quietly determinedleader in support of harmony, justice and public service. In my office, whereshe has worked since her sophomore year, she has displayed maturity,intelligence and judgment, becoming a full-fledged member of theteam.”For more information onthe FFYR Leadership Scholarship and profiles of the scholarship winners, go to read more