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Rhodes Scholarship Program
A Rhodes Scholarship offers the opportunity to study at Oxford University for two years, with all tuition fees paid and a living allowance provided. Thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars are selected from all over the nation to pursue a course of study of their own choosing at Oxford; students may work toward a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree.
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. For further information, visit the Rhodes website.
In order to apply for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships, students must obtain an institutional endorsement from GWU. Because these competitions have many elements in common, GWU conducts a single endorsement process for all three. If you would like to learn more about these prestigious scholarship programs, and about the GWU endorsement process, please contact us by email.
At the time of application:
- An applicant must be a citizen of the United States; pending application for citizenship does not qualify a person to apply.
- An applicant must, by October 1, 2014, be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age. (Applicants will be eligible who were born on or after October 1, 1990 and before October 1, 1996.)
- An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor's degree before October 1, 2014.
While not stated specifically, a GPA of 3.8 or above is strongly recommended.
Basis of Selection
"Quality of both character and intellect is the important requirement for a Rhodes Scholarship." Cecil Rhodes hoped that the Scholar "....would come to esteem the performance of public duties as the highest aim." These are among the qualities sought by the Selection Committees: scholastic ability and achievements, courage and strength of character, leadership ability, unselfishness, interest in one's contemporaries, and physical vigor. Race, religion, and need are not factors.
Program of Study
Subject to the consent of their colleges, Scholars may read for the Oxford B.A. in any of the Final Honour Schools or, with the consent of their colleges and the relevant faculty, they may be admitted, if qualified by previous training, to read for a higher degree such as the B.Phil., M.Phil., M.Litt., M.Sc. by Research, or D.Phil. All proposals must include two-year programs. Once the 2014 Memorandum becomes available on the Rhodes website, please refer to it for any additional stipulations with regards to eligible degree programs.
The stipend of a Rhodes Scholarship consists of a direct payment to the Scholar's college of all tuition fees (such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory fees, and certain other set charges), plus a maintenance allowance of not less than 735 pounds per month paid directly to the Scholar in installments during the term of the Scholarship. Although a Rhodes Scholar may be married, no allowance is made for the spouse's expenses.
GW Endorsement Process
- Registration: All students intending to apply for GW endorsement for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarship programs must register with the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. By registering and declaring their intent to apply, applicants for GW endorsement will be sure to receive the advice and support of fellowships center staff. Prospective applicants must declare their intention to apply no later than May 18, 2014.
- Draft personal Statement: Prospective applicants must submit draft personal statements no later than June 15, 2014.
- GW Endorsement Application: All students seeking endorsement for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell competitions must submit complete applications by Friday, August 15, 2014.
In order to best prepare the eventual endorsees, the GW endorsement application consists of the Rhodes application requirements:
a. A 2014 Rhodes scholarship application form.
b. A personal statement of 1000 words or less, including a proposal for study at Oxford (approx. 150-200 words of the total).
c. A minimum of six (6) and a maximum of (8) recommendation letters, of which four (4) must be from academic in nature.
d. An official GW transcript, together with official transcripts from ALL other universities attended.
e. A concise resume/list of honors and activities, no more than two pages in length.
- GW Endorsement Interviews. The GW Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell nomination committee will notify select GW students and alumni submitting complete applications of its desire to interview them. Those interviews take place during the first two weeks of September.
- Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarship Applications. All GW endorsed applicants will be responsible for preparing complete applications according to the instructions provided by each program. Further information and support materials (application timelines and checklists, information for recommenders, etc.) are available from the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. Interested students should review the Rhodes Scholarship website before beginning the application process.
All GW Rhodes candidates are eligible to be considered for the George Washington University J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Scholarship to the University of Oxford and Bender Scholarship to the University of Cambridge. For further information please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research.
For more information please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.