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2 Rhodes winners from Illinois

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Associated Press

A Chicago-area woman who just won a Rhodes Scholarship says she's interested in social welfare policies in the United States and how they could be made more effective.

Rhiana Gunn-Wright of Oak Lawn is one of two winners from Illinois who were named Sunday.

She graduated from Yale University with majors in African American studies and women's gender and sexuality studies. She works at the Institute for Women's Policy Research and plans to study comparative social policy at Oxford.

The other Illinois winner is Benjamin Wilcox from Winnetka. He's a senior at Harvard University majoring in history. His senior thesis relates to race and Brazilian history. He plans to pursue Latin American studies at Oxford.

Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes.

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