- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The daughter of Somali immigrants in Columbus, a Youngstown State University senior, and an Oberlin College senior are among the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes scholars to pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University.

The Rhodes Trust announced U.S. recipients on Sunday.

The Trust said Ohio State University graduate Ilhan A. Dahir, who is on a Fulbright Fellowship teaching English in Turkey, did her senior thesis on the role of western foreign fighters in the Islamic State group and their threat to global pace. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent her to represent the United States at an international discussion in Brussels on countering violent extremism.

The Rhodes Trust said Dahir has been very active in inter-faith efforts in Ohio and throughout the world. She plans to study refugee and forced migration and also global governance and diplomacy.

Also selected was Ashley E. Orr of Columbiana, Ohio. She is president of the Youngstown State student government association, co-founded a poverty awareness program in Youngstown, has studied at the London School of Economics, and has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland. The Trust called her “extraordinarily active” in volunteer service.

The Trust said Orr, the first recipient from Youngstown State, plans to study economics.

Oberlin senior Machmud A. Makhmudov of Lilburn, Georgia, is a politics major who came to Atlanta from his central Asian homeland of Uzbekistan 10 years ago. He is vice president of his class and a pitcher on Oberlin’s baseball team who plans to study public policy in Oxford, the Trust said.

The American students will join an international group of scholars chosen from around the world. Nearly 90 scholars are selected worldwide each year.

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