The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.
- Must be nominated by Franklin College
- Must be a citizen of the United States; pending application for citizenship does not qualify a person to apply.
- An applicant, by October 1, 2010, must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age. (Applicants will be eligible who were born after October 1, 1986 and on or before October 1, 1992.)
- An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1, 2011.
The value of a Rhodes Scholarship consists of:
- A direct payment to the Scholar’s college of all tuition fees (such as matriculation, tuition, and certain other set charges)
- A maintenance stipend (except for those receiving fourth-year fees) of not less than £11,730 per annum paid directly to the Scholar in installments during the term of the Scholarship.
- The sum provided should be sufficient to enable a Scholar to meet necessary expenses for term time and vacations, but those who can afford to supplement it to a modest extent from their own resources are advised to do so.
- For those receiving fourth-year fees for doctorates, Oxford living expenses are often available through University teaching positions.
- The Rhodes Trust will assist successful candidates with their traveling expenses to and from Oxford.
- Campus deadline: Please submit all required application materials to the campus representative by 5pm on July 27, 2012.
- Application deadline: Midnight October 4, U.S. Hawaii Time, 2012
- Application must be submitted online.
- District interviews will be held the weekend before the 2010 Thanksgiving Holiday, i.e., Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, 2010.
- Applicants apply as representatives of one of the fifty states: either the state in which they will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following application, or the state where they were legally resident on April 15 in the year of application.
- Thirty-two Scholarships are assigned annually to the United States of America. States are grouped into sixteen districts for the purpose of making these appointments. Each District Committee selects not more than two candidates who will represent the state or states within each District as Rhodes Scholars at Oxford.
- An academic transcript
- A photocopy of the birth certificate
- A 1000-word essay in which they set forth in their own words their interests and aspirations, and their detailed reasons for wishing to study the specific areas of proposed academic work at Oxford.
- The formal endorsement of their college or university
- The names of at least five and no more than eight persons who have agreed to write letters of recommendation.
- No fewer than four of these must be persons under whom the applicant has done academic work at a college or university. Committees of Selection also welcome letters from persons competent to comment on aspects of the applicant’s character and interests as revealed in non-academic activities.
- Referees submit letters via the online application process; letters submitted by the applicant cannot be considered.
Dr. Hisaya Kitaoka
- The tenure of a Rhodes Scholarship is dependent upon the maintenance of a standard of work and conduct, which, in the opinion of the Trustees, justifies the Scholarship.
- Four criteria for selection;
- Literary and scholastic attainments
- Energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports
- Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship, and
- Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings