Rhodes Scholars announced, two schools send students for the first time

'Scholars should 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim''

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:

Brown University
Andrew Kaplan

College of Saint Benedict
Rachel Mullin

Duke University
Laura Roberts
John Ruckelshaus

Emory University
Leah Michalove

Georgetown University
Hannah Schneider

Harvard University
Grace Huckins
Garrett Lam
Neil Alacha
Rivka Hyland
Hassaan Shahawy

Michigan State University
Sarah Kovan

Millsaps College
Ericka Wheeler

New York University
Zachary Fine

Northeastern University
Logan Jackson

Oberlin College
Machmud Makhmudov

Ohio State University
Ilhan Dahir

Princeton University
Evan Soltas
Richard Lu
Katherine Clifton
Cameron Platt

Rice University
Thomas Carroll

United States Naval Academy
Megan Musilli

University of Iowa
Jeffrey Ding

University of Notre Dame
Emily Mediate

University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Hebert

University of Virginia
Russell Bogue

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Colin Higgins

Yale University
Isaac Stanley-Becker
Jared Milfred
Mason Ji

Youngstown State University
Ashley Orr

(Rhodes Trust release, 11/21 [1]; Rhodes Trust release [2]).

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