WASHINGTON – The Rhodes Trust says 32 American students have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University next October.
The scholarships were announced early Sunday and provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England. The winners were selected from 837 applicants endorsed by 309 different colleges and universities.
Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.
The value of the scholarships averages about $50,000 per year.
The American students will join an international group of scholars selected from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. Approximately 80 scholars are selected each year.