US Rhodes scholars chosen to begin Oxford studies in 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new group of Rhodes Scholars from the United States have been chosen for the prestigious academic program in a selection process that took place online for the third consecutive year.

The class of 32 Scholars for 2023 was “elected entirely virtually, with candidates and selectors participating remotely, securely, and independently,” Rhodes Trust U.S. Secretary Elliot F. Gerson said in a statement early Sunday. “As successful as the process has been, we of course hope to return to in-person interviews and screening next year in cities across the country, as it has been done for over a century.”

Interviews for the 2021 and 2022 scholarships were conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The class of 2023 scholarships, comprising 16 women and 16 men, are expected to begin their studies at the University of Oxford in England in October in postgraduate studies in the social, humanities and biological and physical sciences, the trust said.

The American scholars, who are among the selected students from more than 60 countries, were reviewed by 16 independent district committees from a pool of more than 2,500 applications. Of these applicants, 840 were endorsed by 244 US colleges and universities.

After receiving endorsements from their schools, most district committees selected 14 or more candidates for online interviews. The committees met separately Nov. 10-12 via a virtual platform and promoted 235 finalists from 73 colleges and universities, including nine schools that had yet to have a student winner of the scholarship, although there was no there were no first-time winning institutions, the trust said. .

The financial expenses of scholarship recipients for two to three years of study – on average around $75,000 per year – are covered by the Rhodes Trust, a British charity set up to honor the legacy of Cecil Rhodes, founder of the mining company and manufacturing of De Beers diamonds.

The scholarships were established in 1902, with the inaugural class entering Oxford in 1903 and the first American Rhodes Scholars arriving in 1904, according to the US Secretary of the Trust’s website.

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