Good Luck to W&L’s Rhodes Scholar Finalists

logo1Two Washington and Lee seniors are finalists this weekend in the prestigious Rhodes Scholar competition. Rebecca Taylor of Hamilton, Ohio, and Rich Cleary of Louisville will both be in Pittsburgh where they will have their final interviews in the competition in the Ohio/Virginia district. Twelve finalists will be interviewed, and two will be selected. Announcement of all 32 Rhodes Scholars will be made Saturday night. Winners receive a two to three year full scholarship to the University of Oxford in England. The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international fellowships and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to Oxford.

Over the years W&L has had 14 Rhodes Scholars. The most recent W&L winner was Patricia Lopes in 1991. Taylor, an economics major, is tri-captain of both the track and cross country teams. Cleary is majoring in politics and classics. He’s president of the executive committee of the student body.

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