Bellaire High School graduate named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars in the U.S.

Liana Wang
Liana Wang, a 2016 graduate of Bellaire High School now attending Yale University, was the first in her family to attend college. Now she is a Rhodes Scholar. (Courtesy Houston ISD)

Liana Wang, a 2016 graduate of Bellaire High School now attending Yale University, was the first in her family to attend college. Now she is a Rhodes Scholar. (Courtesy Houston ISD)

Liana Wang, a 2016 graduate of Bellaire High School, a senior at Yale University and the first in her family to attend college, has reached an even higher achievement: She will be a Rhodes Scholar.

As one of 32 selected from about 1,000 applicants from the country's top universities, Wang will study at the University of Oxford starting in October 2020 alongside students from around the world. There, she will earn a graduate degree in politics, according to a statement from Houston ISD.

"This is a testament to the community that has brought me here: my family, friends, professors, and supporters throughout my life, including my teachers and mentors in Emerge and HISD,” Wang said in a news release. “They motivate my work and I hope my time at Oxford helps me better achieve my goals of pursuing a more just and equitable society."

Emerge, developed by HISD Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Rick Cruz, provides additional resources, counseling and programs for high-performing students from underserved communities so they can excel in college.

“Liana stood out, even among students who are extremely motivated and the cream of the crop,” Cruz said in the news release. “We celebrated her admission to Yale, and we are now elated to celebrate her selection by the Rhodes Trust. I know she and her family are overjoyed. We can only imagine what greatness lies ahead for her.”


During Wang's studies at Oxford, The Rhodes Trust covers the entire cost of tuition and fees and provides for a stipend as well as some travel expenses, with the total value of the scholarship averaging about $70,000 per year, according to the trust.
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee
Houston vying to become host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Houston is among 17 U.S. cities in the race to host the World Cup and is competing against other major cities, such as New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, for the nod.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner addresses the Texas General Land Office at a Dec. 11 public hearing. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston area leaders call for more federal flood dollars at public meeting

Officials expressed concerns about proposed limitations for how federal funds will be allocated throughout the state.

South Rice Apartments
Houston City Council approves $23 million in loans for two affordable housing developments

Houston City Council this week approved the allocation of federally backed loans for two developments near Bellaire and the Heights.

I-610 Loop-I-69 interchange
Look out for this I-610 Loop/I-69 ramp closure this weekend, Dec. 13-16

Three new lane closures will affect traffic starting Friday, Dec. 13.

Doris Metropolitan founders to launch new Israeli restaurant concept in Rice Village

Hamsa, an upscale casual Israeli restaurant, will open next summer.

Burrata, arugula, prosciutto, crostini  (Courtesy Bronson's House)
Politan Row adds one more restaurant with classic Italian concept Bronson's House

An experienced chef brings his take on Italian pastas, desserts and more to the food hall.

City of Houston Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Davis, who currently holds the District B seat on the Houston City Council, addressed the Harris County Commissioners Court Dec. 3. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County considers legality, liability of removing Houston City Council Member District B race from Dec. 14 runoff ballot

Harris County commissioners have questions about the removal of the race for Houston City Council Member District B from the Dec. 14 runoff election and what it could mean for future elections.

The Greater Houston area is expected to see a net gain of 42,300 jobs in 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Greater Houston region expected to see slower job growth in 2020

The Greater Houston area is expected to see a net gain of 42,300 jobs in 2020.

Kïdo
International Kïdo preschool under construction near Rice Village

The school offers a customized approach. to early education through a specialized curriculum incorporating teaching philosophies from around the world as well as language immersion.

Townsen Memorial Hospital
Humble-based Townsen Memorial Hospital opens Bellaire-area clinic

The clinics provide bariatric, chiropractic and orthopedic medicine, physical therapy, plastic surgery and other services.

Goodsmith Home Care and Repair
Home service membership company Goodsmith to open new office

Goodsmith, a new home maintenance and repair services company, currently serves the Bellaire and West University area.

Source: Texas Department of Transportation Crash Records Information System/Community Impact Newspaper
To reach zero traffic fatalities, advocates say funding must match Houston's Vision Zero commitment

Efforts in San Antonio and Austin have shown that progress is hard to come by.

Back to top