Rhode Scholars, chosen from 904 applicants from 341 colleges and universities, will enter Oxford next fall. The scholarships fund two or three years of study in England. The American students will join scholars selected from 18 other nations. About 95 scholars are selected each year. Ms. Laurel Yong-Hwa Lee is one of the thirty-two U.S. students chosen as Rhode Scholars.
Ms. Laurel Yong-Hwa Lee, Bothell, currently a senior studying neuroscience and biology at MIT and plans to graduate in June, 2005. She served as the medical coordinator for Mission Honduras where she established a centralized health care system for orphanages and women's shelters serving eleven villages. Shel won an award for exceptional summer research at the National Institutes of Health, is a four-year varsity rower, and was chosen as one of Glamour Magazine's Top 10 College Women. At Oxford, Laurel will do a D.Phil. in Clinical Medicine.
The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist and diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.
This year, Harvard University had the most selectees with five, followed by the U.S. Naval Academy with three - the most for that school in one year since 1929, said spokesman Cmdr. Rod Gibbons.