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Millsaps senior 1st African-American Rhodes Scholar from Mississippi

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The American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust recently revealed the 2016 Rhodes Scholars representing the United States, and a Millsaps senior made the cut with an extra designation. 

Millsaps recently announced that double major Ericka M. Wheeler is the first African American woman from Mississippi to be awarded the scholarship. 

Originally reported by the Clarion Ledger, the double major in history and English will attend Oxford University for post-graduate studies, where she will pursue a M.Phil. in Medical Anthropology.

The scholarship, which began in 1902, provides an all-expense paid course of study at Oxford for at least two to three years, sometimes providing funding for a fourth year.

According to a release from the Rhodes Trust, "Applicants are chosen on the basis of the criteria set down in the Will of Cecil Rhodes. These criteria are first, academic excellence. This is a critical but only threshold condition.....In addition, a Rhodes Scholar should be committed to make a strong difference for good in the world, be concerned for the welfare of others, and be conscious of inequities."

Other criteria include ambition for impact, personal energy and promise of impact. 

Wheeler is an Alzheimer's disease activist who plans to one day return to her Mississippi roots to 'pursue issues of race and health in Mississippi.'

Click here to view the full list of recipients. 

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