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Head of UA Project Receives Rhode Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that this week Alia Whitney-Johnson, the head of our project Emerge Global, was elected a Rhodes Scholar. For more information on Emerge Global, please go to our website:

On November 23rd The American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust Announced:

A 2009 Rhodes Scholarship was awarded to Alia Whitney-Johnson, of Leicester, North Carolina. She will graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in December, majoring in civil and environmental engineering. A Truman Scholar, she was also named as one of Glamour Magazines top ten college women in 2007. In 2005, Alia founded a nonprofit business, Emerge Global, which seeks to empower young Sri Lankan mothers made pregnant through rape and incest. She has remained its executive director as it has won worldwide recognition. Alia has also led many other programs relating to poverty, womens rights, and race relations. She plans to do the M.Phil. in development studies at Oxford.