A UC Irvine alumna has become the first Rhodes Scholar in university history.
Megan Braun, 23, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 2009, said she plans to attend Oxford University in the fall for two years, where she plans to work toward a master's degree in international relations.
"Eventually, I hope to go to law school and become an attorney, either for the State Department or the United Nations," Braun said in a telephone interview from her Coronado home.
Braun was one of 32 U.S. students chosen for the award, and she's the first in the history of UCI to receive the Rhodes Scholarship, Rebecca Harris, director of UCI's Scholarship Opportunities Program, said in a press release.
More often University of California Rhodes Scholarships go to UCLA and UC Berkeley students, Harris said.
As a freshman, Harris said Braun had her sights on the scholarship and proceeded full steam ahead.