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2015 Rhodes Scholars: Robert A. Fisher, Rachel V. Harmon, Ridwan Y. Hassen, Tayo A. Sanders II, and Sarah E. Yerima


Last month, The Rhodes Trust announced the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015. The 2015 class consisted of 32 American students who will study at the University of Oxford in 2015. Out of the 32 American applicants chosen for the prestigious honor five were African-American/Black college students.

The students were selected from a pool of 877 students who were endorsed by 305 different colleges and universities. There were 207 finalists from 86 colleges and universities that were selected in 16 different geographic districts. Two scholars were named from each of the 16 districts, according to the news release.

Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust calls the Rhodes Scholarship “the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates.”

All Rhodes applicants must have “high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.”

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904. — The Rhodes Trust

Congrats to the winners and best of luck with your studies!

Learn more about the five Rhodes Scholars winners in our gallery.

To learn more about the Rhodes Scholarship please visit rhodesscholar.org

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