2 Rhodes Scholars Hail From Washington

By Tom Bacon

Two Washington State students are among only 32 Americans chosen as Rhodes Scholars this year.

One of the Washington State winners, Andrew S. Lea, a senior at Harvard University, hails from Richland; the other, Suzanna M Fritzberg attends Yale University. She's from Lake Forest Park Washington north of Seattle. Lea, Fritzberg and 30 other winners were winnowed from a list of 857 applicants endorsed by 327 different colleges and universities. The prestigious scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford University in England.

Fritzberg is a Yale senior majoring in women's, gender and sexuality studies. She's active in the Yale Women's Center organizing events focusing on domestic violence, and she worked for a time in the New Orleans public defender's office. She plans to complete a master's in comparative social policy at Oxford.

Lea is concentrating in history and science in his senior year at Harvard, working on social and ethical issues in science and medicine. He was elected as a junior Phi Beta Kappa; he's worked for two years at a homeless shelter and is a patient advocate for the indigent. Lea is also a triathlete. He plans to earn a master's in the history of science, medicine and technology at Oxford.

The American students will be part of an international group of about 80 scholars from 14 other countries. The  Rhodes scholarships are worth about $50,000 a year.
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