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Nov. 9, 2005
Contact: Sue Lorenz, KU Honors Program, (785) 864-3374.

KU senior from Leawood advances to Rhodes Scholar district competition

LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas senior from Leawood, planning a career in international policy development focused on women's issues, has advanced in the competition for one of 32 prestigious Rhodes Scholarships for for two years at the University of Oxford in Great Britain.

Rachel Lynn Cloud, majoring in Spanish and minoring in French, was selected for district interviews at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation offices in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 18 and 19. She will be joined by other candidates selected from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi. Two winners will be selected from each of 16 districts throughout the United States and will be announced the evening of Nov. 19.

A total of 32 Rhodes scholars are selected each year. The scholarships cover graduate tuition and living expenses for two years at Oxford.

Cloud was one of four KU students nominated to compete for the Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes officials review the nominations and invite selected candidates for the two-day interview process. Separate state interviews are no longer conducted.

If selected, Cloud would pursue a master's degree in development studies at the University of Oxford. She is the daughter of Laura Cloud and is a Shawnee Mission East High School graduate.

Cloud plans a career utilizing development studies with a focus on gender in an international organization. Her interests include public policy and social justice. Last summer, she worked in Nicaragua as a Global Justice volunteer, an experience that brought home to Cloud the value of development in changing lives. When asked by a village midwife to photograph an infant who had died in childbirth, Cloud realized that the baby would have lived had good roads, transportation and adequate medical facilities been available. At KU, Cloud has volunteered as a Spanish translator for El Centro in metropolitan Kansas City and as a court advocate with the Women's Transitional Care Services in Lawrence.

At age 15, Cloud was an exchange student in southern Chile with the American Field Service. She currently works as a research assistant for Paul D'Anieri, professor of political science and her mentor through the University Scholars program for a select group of sophomores at KU.

KU students have won 25 Rhodes scholarships since 1904, more than all other Kansas colleges and universities combined. Rhodes Scholarships were first offered in 1903. Rhodes Scholarships may be used only at Oxford University.

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