“I am very excited to learn from all the other scholars and hope I can be a role model, especially for Orthodox Jewish girls to get an education and strive to do whatever you can.
“I’m so excited, because not only is the university embedded with so much history; it’s a very international university, and I’m looking forward to meeting people from all over the world,” she added.
She had to wait an hour Saturday to give the amazing news to her friends and family because she observes the Sabbath.
Rosenbaum plans to study bioethics while at Oxford. She ultimately hopes to become an advocate for the medical care of the elderly and disabled.
The brainy Bronx native said she has always wanted to pursue a career helping the less fortunate because of the inspirational story of her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor.
“He was saved by a Japanese official who risked his life to give him a visa,” she said, adding that the lesson of the “need to protect those who can’t protect themselves” has influenced her career path.
Rosenbaum has also volunteered at an orphanage in Ukraine and spent three summers upstate at a camp for children with special needs.
Two other New York City area students were awarded Rhodes Scholarships, as well, Brett Rosenberg and Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen.
Ronan, now 23, earned a bachelor’s degree from Bard College when he was 15 years old and graduated from Yale Law School two years ago. He is a special adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.