3 U of C Students Named Rhodes Scholars

Two other Illinoisans also win prestigious title.

Sunday, Nov 21, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM CDT
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3 U of C Students Named Rhodes Scholars

Five students with ties to Chicago are part of an elite group of 32 people around the country who have been selected to be Rhodes Scholars.

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The Rhodes Trust says 32 American students  -- including five with Illinois ties -- have been named Rhodes Scholars. They'll enter Oxford University next October.

The scholarships were announced early Sunday and provide all expenses for study at the prestigious university in England.

Three students are from the University of Chicago. They are Anna Alekseyeva, a history and public policy major; Prerna Nadathur, a mathematician; and John Scotti, a biological chemistry student.

Two others are from Illinois. They are Alice Baumgartner of Chicago who's studying at Yale University and Gabrielle Emanuel of Evanston who's studying at Dartmouth College.

Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.

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