Special Academic Opportunities

Rhodes Scholarship

Thirty-two Rhodes scholarships are assigned annually in the United States to students of exceptional character and academic achievement who wish to undertake graduate study at Oxford University, England.  The Rhodes scholar, in the spirit of the late Cecil J. Rhodes, must possess intellectual excellence, moral force of character, public service, and a fondness for and success in sports.  Rhodes scholars are selected based upon their potential for success in the British University system and over a lifetime.


Approximately 32 scholars are selected each year, each receiving a stipend consisting of payment of all approved tuition and fees, travel costs, plus a cost of living allowance.  Appointment to a scholarship is for two years with a possible third year.


Quality of both character and intellect is the most important requirement for a Rhodes Scholarship.  Applicant must:

  • Be an U.S. citizen between the ages of 18 and 24 years old by October 1, completing a Bachelor’s degree before October 1 of the following year.
  • Proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they 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.
  • Exhibit physical vigor, as shown by fondness for and success in sports.

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Applications must be received in the Provost’s Office by September 11, 2009.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009.



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