IMSA grad scores Rhodes Scholarship to study poverty

Marie Wilson
Daily Herald

Illinois Math and Science Academy graduate Rhiana Gunn-Wright will be heading to the University of Oxford next fall thanks to a Rhodes scholarship she secured by wowing professors with her personal statement, research interests in poverty and welfare policy, and one other trait she’s had since high school.

Gunn-Wright, 23, said she was voted “easiest to talk to” during her years at IMSA in Aurora, and her approachable nature may have helped impress the layers of selection committees who chose her to be among 32 Rhodes scholars named Nov. 17.

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