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Villanova Basketball Player Among Rhodes Scholars

Jessica Wamala of Villanova University is one of 32 American students who have been named Rhodes Scholars and will study at the University of Oxford.

Jessica Wamala of Villanova University is one of 32 American students who have been named Rhodes Scholars and will study at the University of Oxford starting in October 2014, along with about 50 scholars from other countries.

Wamala is a Gates Millennium Scholar, recipient of a full-ride scholarship funded by Bill and Melinda Gates that assists students with significant financial need, and has interned with the State Department and at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Post, Wamala is also No. 34 on the Villanova women’s basketball team, a forward who walked-on her sophomore year and is now the team’s co-captain. She is the school’s third student-athlete to become a Rhodes Scholar.

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