BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — A Maryland woman who attends the University of Virginia, a Johns Hopkins University senior and a Naval Academy midshipman are among 32 Americans selected as this year’s Rhodes Scholars.

Nearly 900 applicants were endorsed by over 300 schools for the scholarship, which allows students to pursue two or three years of post-graduate study at Oxford University.

The Rhodes Trust announced the recipients Sunday.

Aryn Frazier from Laurel, Maryland is a senior at the University of Virginia, where she is double-majoring in African-American and African Studies and the Honors Program of the Department of Politics.

Frazier is president of the university’s Black Student Alliance, is involved with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s youth leadership program and has run for several elected offices.

Frazier is a Jefferson Scholarship recipient and a peer adviser for the Office of African American Affairs. She is a contributing columnist for the Cavalier Daily, an independent student newspaper, and the recipient of the NAACP at UVA Outstanding Leader Image Award.

Johns Hopkins University senior Nicole A. Mihelson, a neuroscience major from Fullerton, Calif., will graduate in December and pursue a D.Phil. in Oncology at Oxford.

Professor of Neurology John Laterra said Mihelson impressed him as extraordinary when, as a freshman, she tracked him down over Christmas break to “relentlessly pursue” a chance to perform brain cancer research in his lab.

Midshipman 1st Class Lucy Ford, 21, of St. Augustine, Fla., is the Naval Academy’s 50th Rhodes Scholar.

Ford is an ocean engineering major and focuses on environmental change and energy. She currently serves as the 5th Battalion Commander and is the co-chairman of the Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference. She is involved in the Women’s Glee Club and mentors youth through the Anne Arundel County Teen Court.

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