Two West Point Cadets Awarded Prestigious Rhodes Scholarships


December 15, 2020

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Two West Point cadets were recently awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship honor, CBS News reports.

Evan Walker and Tyrese Bender are cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Both are at the top of their class at West Point, Walker serving as Basic Training Commander, leading nearly 1500 new cadets this year alone, and Bender serving as Deputy Brigade Commander, the 2nd highest ranking cadet at West Point. Now, the two scholars have been awarded with the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. 


The scholarship is an international postgraduate award given to students who show outstanding character, leadership and commitment to service. Rhodes Scholars have the honor of attending Oxford University in England where they are required to study for a minimum of two years. This year’s 2021 is the most diverse with 21 scholars being people of color and 17 being women.

“It means a lot. I feel really grateful for the opportunity and its really a privilege to learn how I can continue to impact those around me,” Bender said of his honor. 

The two Texas natives say it’s a privilege to represent West Point internationally and continue to expand their impact outside of their school. Bender is captain of West Point’s Track & Field program and Walker is captain of the boxing team. Both attribute their work ethic and their success to their moms. 


“Not seeing people like you in higher places can kind of discourage you a bit,” Walker said. She hopes to change that narrative as a Black woman and continue being an inspiration to others. 

“[My mom always told me] you don’t have to be the best but you have to do the best, and do your best every time. To just have the honor to represent our families and our sports teams and the Academy and the army internationally is an honor,” Walker added. 

Congratulations Evan and Tyrese!!


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