BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Three local students are receiving a high honor.

They are getting one of the top awards available to American college students, the Rhodes Scholarship.

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Vijayasundaram Ramasamy is a Johns Hopkins University graduate. The public health studies major graduated in 2018 after just three years at Hopkins. He wants to improve his understanding of global public health in order to make government services work better.

Credit: Johns Hopkins and Naval Academy (left to right)

Midshipman 1st Class Lillian Ngo Usadi was also named a Rhodes Scholar. She is an electrical engineering major at the Naval Academy where she is conducting research focused on the manipulation of microbots using acoustics.

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The 21-year-old plans to pursue a Master of Science in energy systems.

Sam Patterson ’21, M29, is now the second student in University of Maryland Baltimore County history to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

Credit: UMBC

Patterson will pursue an M.Sc. in the Nature, Society and Environmental Governance program at Oxford University focusing on the economics of transportation. He will earn bachelor of science degrees in mathematics and statistics and a bachelor of arts in economics.

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All 32 Rhodes Scholars get an all expenses paid study at the University of Oxford.

CBS Baltimore Staff