Locals among Rhodes scholarship recipients

November 22, 2009 (CHICAGO) Russell Perkins of Evanston graduated from Wesleyan University in May.

And Daniel Shih of Aurora is a senior at Stanford.

Also on the list is Stephanie Bell, who is from Iowa, but is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago.

The students will study at the University of Oxford in England for two to three years.

Thirty-two men and women from across the U.S. have been selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2010.

The 32 winners were selected from 805 applicants endorsed by 326 different colleges and universities.

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

The value of the scholarships averages about $50,000 per year.

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

On the Net: www.rhodesscholar.org

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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