UT student among new Rhodes Scholars

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NASHVILLE - A senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is among 32 U.S. men and women who have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University next October.

The Rhodes Trust said Lindsay E. Lee, of Oak Ridge, was one of those selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 colleges and universities.

The scholarships, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England.

According to the Rhodes Trust, Lee was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 3 and is a passionate advocate for disability issues.

She majors in mathematics and Spanish at the University of Tennessee, and has done research at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, at Vanderbilt Medical Center and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Lee plans to complete a master's in philosophy in comparative social policy at Oxford.

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.

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