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Rossella Gabriele, a 2019 magna cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University and graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis is now the university’s 17th Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Trust announced that Gabriele, age 22, was one of 32 scholars chosen this year. The scholarship averages $70,000 per year, up to as much as $250,000 in total, and fully funds two to four years at the University of Oxford in England.

Gabriele received a Bachelor of Science with a double major in physics and global politics. She was a Johnson Scholar at Washington and Lee and plans to pursue master’s degrees in both social data science and global governance and diplomacy at Oxford. She aims to become a leading force in the development of space and technology laws and policies.

Gabriele has an impressive professional background, from conducting independent research leading to a proof-of concept model predicting U.S. Senate votes, to acting as a policy intern for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to working with the U.S. Department of State TechGirls program as a cultural ambassador and STEM mentor for girls interested in science from Middle Eastern, North African and Central Asian nations.

“In each of these experiences, I sought opportunities to leverage my scientific background and analytical mind to advance the work of humanist policies and human rights advocacy," Gabriele says.