2 Rhodes Winners from Chicagoland

They'll be awarded scholarships to study at Oxford University.

Monday, Nov 19, 2012  |  Updated 3:00 PM CDT
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Rhiana E. Gunn-Wright (Left) and Benjamin Wilcox were awarded with a scholarship to study at Oxford University.

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Two winners of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship are from Illinois.

Rhiana Gunn-Wright of Oak Lawn, a graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy, and Benjamin Wilcox from Winnetka were among the 32 American students named Sunday in the newest group of scholars. They'll be awarded scholarships to study at Oxford University. 

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.

A full list of this year's winners can be found on The Rhodes Scholarship Trust website.

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