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How can I win a Rhodes Scholarship?

Individuals ages 18-24 are eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. One of the most prestigious academic awards in the world, the Rhodes provides a three-year full-tuition scholarship to the University of Oxford in the U.K. The scholarship honors excellent undergraduates and recent graduates for their intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. The Rhodes Scholarship is now open to students from all over the world. The 2020 Rhodes Scholar class includes Summia Tora — a double major in economics and peace & global studies at Earlham College — who is the first person from Afghanistan to earn the scholarship.

What major will help me win a Rhodes Scholarship?

Students from any major can win a Rhodes Scholarship, and scholars may choose any course of study that Oxford offers. While many scholars major in traditional fields like biology, history or philosophy, two Earlham College students in the last three years have won Rhodes Scholarships based in part in their work as peace & global studies majors.

Where do Rhodes Scholars come from?

Students from any country may apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. For many years, students from United States, Canada and Australia have been selected from geographical regions. Recently, the Rhodes Trust has added a category for Global Scholars, welcoming students from all over the world to apply.

What are the requirements for a Rhodes Scholarship application?

There are several parts to the Rhodes Scholarship application process including a written personal statement, letters of recommendations, and an interview. Applications are due in late October with the selection of scholars completed the week before Thanksgiving. You can find additional details about the process on the Rhodes Trust website.

Do I have to go to an Ivy League school to get a Rhodes Scholarship?

No! While many Rhodes Scholars are graduates of Ivy League institutions and other elite universities, this sort of background is not required. In the past three years, two students at Earlham College — a liberal arts college in Indiana — have won the Rhodes. Learn more about how Earlham prepares students for the Rhodes and other prestigious post-graduate award.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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