The Varied List of Rhodes Scholars

By Staff Editor | April 3, 2017

Wining a Rhodes scholarship is an incredibly prestigious honor and one that often marks future success. 32 American students are chosen each year out of 1500 applications. Winners exhibit exemplary service, academic achievement, and character.

Started by the estate of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, The Rhodes Scholarship program is the oldest international educational fellowship in the world. In his will, Cecil Rhodes wrote down four criteria by which applicants are to be evaluated. These include their literary and scholastic attainments; their energy to use their talents to their best capacity; their character as defined by their truth, courage, devotion to duty and sympathy for others; and their instincts to lead and think of the interests of others.

Certainly, the list of past Rhodes Scholars is extremely impressive. It includes musician Kris Kristofferson; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; Hamed Wardak, one of the founders of the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP); and star football player Myron Rolle. These are people to look to for future success and for later accomplishments.

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