Two NC Women Among 32 Picked As Rhodes Scholars

An MIT student from Leicester who is days away from graduation and a University of North Carolina senior from Cary are among the 32 Americans selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2009.

Alia Whitney-Johnson will graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in December, majoring in civil and environmental engineering. She is a Truman Scholar who was also named as one of Glamour Magazine's top ten college women in 2007.

In 2005, Whitney-Johnson founded a nonprofit business which seeks to empower young Sri Lankan mothers made pregnant through rape and incest.

Aisha I. Saad is majoring in environmental health science and Spanish at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has published articles in two major medical and health care journals, and interned at Cairo University's teaching hospitals and with the Peruvian Ministry of
Health.


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