UF student Aimee Clesi was named a Rhodes Scholar

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Bill Clinton, Edwin Hubble, Rachel Maddow, Cory Booker, Susan Rice and Kris Kristofferson are all recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

On Saturday morning, a junior at the University of Florida earned a seat at this elite table.

Her name is Aimee Clesi.

The Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford began in 1902 and is the oldest standing international scholarship program in the world. The acceptance rate is 0.7%.

In the history of the University of Florida, Clesi is the first woman and the 13th student to become a Rhodes Scholar-Elect.

“You have to know why you’re applying, why you’re the perfect fit for Rhodes. It is hard to apply, and it can be quite a daunting experience for most people,” said Kelly Medley, Clesi’s advisor in UF’s Honors College. “Aimee immediately struck me as focused – hyper-focused – with a truly…

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