DeSoto woman named Rhodes Scholar

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Posted on November 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 18 at 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-two American students were named Sunday in the newest group of Rhodes Scholars and will be awarded scholarships to study at Oxford University.

Texas is represented by Nina Yancy of DeSoto, a senior at Harvard University majoring in social studies. She attended the Canterbury Episcopal School in DeSoto from 2005-2009 after her family lost their home in Hurricane Katrina.

According to her online profile, Yancy has interned at the British House of Commons in London, served as an undergraduate researcher at the Center for American Politics, and as a peer advising fellow at Harvard. She is also a member of the Harvard Ballet Company.

The prestigious awards provide all expenses for up to four years of study at the university in England. The winners were selected from 838 applicants endorsed by 302 different colleges and universities. The scholars will enter Oxford next October.

Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes and have a value of about $50,000 per year.

Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.

The American students will join an international group of scholars selected from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. About 80 scholars are selected each year.

WFAA.com contributed to this report.

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