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Rhodes Scholarships, The



The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Mr. Rhodes' will contained four criteria by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are to be selected: literary and scholastic achievements; energy to use one's talents to the full; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings. Proven intellectual and academic quality of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants. Beyond academic distinction, however, candidates will also be required to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the vigor which will enable Rhodes Scholars to make an effective contribution to the world around them. Each year, 32 scholars from the United States are among more than 95 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. The first U.S. Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.


Eligiblity Information

Academic Level:
Junior, Senior, Bachelors degree (not currently enrolled), Recently Graduated

Age minimum or maximum:*
Minimum and/or maximum age? 18 (minimum), 23 (maximum - must be 23 by October 1)

Open to international students:

Required to demonstrate financial need:

Discipline Area(s):
Open to All Disciplines

Minimum GPA:
If yes, what is the minimum? 3.7

Demographic Information (preferred or required):

Award type:

Amount Awarded:
Amount varies


Application Information:

Application Deadline:

Date application is available:

USC endorsement required:

USC endorsement application deadline:

USC endorsement process explanation:

USC endorsement website/URL:

Award Details:

Is there an interview:

Approximate date finalists are notified:

Approximate date selected candidates are notified:

Previous USC recipients:
1913: Frank Swain 1938: Gerald Brown and J.F. Goley 1966: James O'Toole 1975: Patrick C. Haden 1989: Holly C. Wyatt 1990: Tara M. Silvestri 1995: Desmond Koh 2008: Reed Doucette 2017: Oscar De Los Santos and Jung Kian Ng

Average number of applications received:
900-1000 total nominated

Number awarded:
32 total

Average GPA of recipients:


The Rhodes Trust


Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Erica Lovano McCann

Director, Academic Honors & Fellowships




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