Lindsay Lee, a senior studying math and Spanish at the University of Tennessee, received the most prestigious international award a college student can earn when she was named a 2014 American Rhodes Scholar.
Lee, an Oak Ridge, Tenn. native, is one of 32 American students chosen from 857 endorsed by 327 colleges and universities. Just nine of the 32 Americans chosen for the award was from a public university. She is the seventh UT student to receive the honor in the 111 years that the Rhodes program has been around.
She will attend Oxford University in England next fall where she plans to study statistics for applications in public health with all expenses paid. The average value of the award is about $50,00 per year, and funds will be provided for two or three years while she attends Oxford.
Lee has served in several leadership roles around campus as the founder and president of Campus Disability Advocates, a member of the Chancellor’s Honors program and a Haslam Scholar, co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee in the Student Government Association and president of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, she has studied abroad in Barcelona and Tokyo and is a columnist for The Daily Beacon on campus.
In an email to all UT students in Knoxville, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek congratulated Lee on receiving this honor and said she truly embodied what it means to be a Volunteer.
“Lindsay is most deserving of this highly competitive and prestigious award,” Cheek said. “Please join me in congratulating Lindsay. We are very proud to call her a Volunteer and we look forward to seeing the positive mark she is destined to make on our world.”