Cal State Long Beach Gets First Rhodes Scholar

Stephanie Bryson, a 2011 Cal State Long Beach grad, and Stephanie Lin, an MIT student from Irvine, are chosen for the prestigious program.

By Sharon Bernstein
|  Sunday, Nov 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:22 AM PDT
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Cal State Long Beach Gets First Rhodes Scholar

Stephanie Bryson is the first Rhodes Scholar to be chosen from Cal State Long Beach.

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Two Southern California women have been chosen as Rhodes Scholars, the academic organization said Sunday.

Stephanie Bryson, who grew up in San Diego, is the first graduate of Cal State Long Beach to be chosen for the prestigious program, through which scholars attend Oxford University in England and are groomed for leadership positions in their future careers.

Bryson, who graduated in 2011 from Cal State Long Beach and is now in graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. At Cal State Long Beach, she majored in international studies and minored in political science. 

Stephanie Lin, of Irvine, is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. She is studying biology and applied international Studies. She is editor-in-chief of a campus journal and is active in MIT Global Poverty initiatives.

Bryson and Lin will spend next year at Oxford. They join an elite group of scholars whose ranks have included former President Bill Clinton, author Robert Penn Warren, singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, and journalists Michael Kinsley and Nicholas Kristof.

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