Former Maverick Woodlee earns Rhodes Scholarship

Mauldin, Wofford volleyball star earns Rhodes Scholarship
Ann Green

Volleyball player Rachel Woodlee is the first woman from Wofford to win the prestigiousRhodes Scholarship.

“The last time we had a Rhodes Scholar, Wofford was still a men’s college. That was 1974,” said the senior, who played volleyball and basketball at Mauldin High.

Beginning next fall, Woodlee will study at Oxford, England, for two years.

She is hoping she won’t have to leave volleyball behind as she concentrates on Chinese studies at Oxford.

“I already looked it up -- they do have club volleyball at Oxford,” Woodlee said. “I’m not sure if I’ll have enough time with my studies to play seriously, but I hope I can at least continue a few pickup games.”

When she learned she had won the Rhodes, she immediately notified her parents. But Wofford president Benjamin Dunlap, a former Rhodes Scholar, was next on her list.

“He was one of my biggest supporters through the entire process,” Woodlee said. “He was always willing to take time out of his busy schedule to help me.”

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