This weekend 32 Americans earned Rhodes Scholarships, which will cover two to four years of study at the University of Oxford.
The value of the scholarship varies by academic degree and field but averages about $50,000 per year.
About 2,000 students sought the scholarship this year, and selection committees representing 16 U.S. districts invited the strongest candidates to interview.
Applicants are chosen based on criteria in founder Cecil Rhodes' will: The scholars must display academic excellence, ambition, the ability to work with others, concern for the wellbeing of others, leadership skills, and personal energy.
"These basic characteristics are directed at fulfilling Mr. Rhodes' hopes that the Rhodes Scholars would make an important and positive contribution throughout the world," says Elliot Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust. "In Rhodes' words, his scholars should 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim.'"
For the first time, Northeastern University and Youngstown State University are sending students.
The 32 chosen Americans will join about 60 others from 16 other jurisdictions worldwide.
The students and their current institutions are:
College of Saint Benedict
Michigan State University
New York University
Ohio State University
United States Naval Academy
University of Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Youngstown State University
(Rhodes Trust release, 11/21 ; Rhodes Trust release ).
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