Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | November 22, 2012
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Trinidadian wins Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes scholarship

A 22-year-old Trinidadian, Cornelius Neale, has been named the 2013 Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholar.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, the chairperson of the Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, said Neale won from a field of six candidates from Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Neale, from Marabella in San Fernando, south Trinidad, who intends to pursue a master's in Environmental Change and Management, with an emphasis on climate change and its repercussions for the Caribbean, said he was "quite humbled" by the moment.

"I am a bit speechless ... . It feels good to bring the award back to Trinidad, after some years. The first person I am going to call is my mum. I am a single child and she is a single parent, so she will be the first person to hear the good news," Neale said.

"My main area is energy and the environment. I plan on diversifying the region's energy in terms of solar energy. That is my particular area of research, especially with Trinidad and Tobago and the hydrocarbons that we have been using."

According to Neale, his research was done on governmental housing to get away from the conventional oil and gas. He believes it is something that can be spread throughout the Caribbean, because the region is blessed with a lot of solar and alternative energy.

"I think my ambition to drive the Caribbean forward into using renewable energy might be a key factor that may have played out today," he said.

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