OSU grad among US Rhodes scholars

COLUMBUS (AP) — A 2018 graduate of Ohio State University from suburban Columbus is a U.S. Rhodes scholar.

The Rhodes Trust announced Sunday that Laila Ujayli, of Dublin, Ohio, is among 32 men and women chosen from 880 applicants for studies beginning next fall at Oxford University in England.

Ujayli majored in International Relations and English at Ohio State. She spent much of her childhood in Syria and Saudi Arabia, and has sought deeper understanding of international politics and solutions to resolve international conflicts.

Ujayli is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at Win Without War in Washington, where she advocates for conflict-stabilization policies prioritizing development and diplomacy.

She plans to pursue master’s degrees in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and World Literatures at Oxford.