Rhodes Scholars: 2 students from Chicago area win
November 18, 2012 ( CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Two winners of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship are from Chicago's suburbs.
Thirty-two American students were named Sunday in the newest group. They'll be awarded scholarships to study at Oxford University.
The Illinois winners are Rhiana Gunn-Wright, who was born and raised in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood before moving to suburban Oak Lawn, and Benjamin Wilcox from suburban Winnetka, Ill.
Gunn-Wright graduated from Yale University with majors in African American studies and women's gender and sexuality studies. She works at the Institute for Women's Policy Research and plans to study comparative social policy at Oxford.
Wilcox is a senior at Harvard University majoring in history. His senior thesis relates to race and Brazilian history. He plans to pursue Latin American studies at Oxford.
Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes and have a value of about $50,000 per year.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
- Woman narrowly escapes grocery store crash
- Officials probe potential threat on Delta flight
- I-Team: Kevin Trudeau, an unlikely pauper
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast
- Woman rescued from Lake Michigan near Jackson
- Chicago woman wins $14M verdict in Yasmin case
- CTA Orange Line track work underway this weekend
- Boy who drowned in Crystal Lake pond ID'd
- CPD bike patrols to swarm high-crime areas
- Man charged in CTA Yellow Line attack on senior citizen
- Man accused of Naperville 'Simpsons' graffiti
- Pilsen parishes join together for Good Friday procession
- Photos: Iran killer spared just before hanging
- abcnews: Twins Attack Carjacker With Fists, Toy Snake