18 Facts About Rhodes Scholars


Rhodes Scholars have achieved distinction as politicians, academics, scientists and doctors, authors, entrepreneurs, and Nobel Prize winners.

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The Rhodes Scholars program was a copy that soon became the best-known version.

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The Rhodes Trust established the scholarships in 1902 under the terms laid out in the sixth and final will of Cecil John Rhodes, dated 1 July 1899 and appended by several codicils through March 1902.

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Rhodes Scholars, who attended Oriel College, Oxford, believed the university's residential colleges would be the best venue to nurture diplomatic ties between future world leaders.

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Cecil Rhodes wished current scholars and Rhodes alumni to have "opportunities of meeting and discussing their experiences and prospects".

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In recognition of the centenary of the foundation of the Rhodes Trust in 2003, four former Rhodes Scholars were awarded honorary degrees by the University of Oxford.

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In 2007, the Association of American Rhodes Scholars published a retrospective on the first 30 years of female recipients, many of whom individually recounted personal experiences as well as professional accomplishments.

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In South Africa, the will of Cecil Rhodes expressly allocated scholarships to four all-male private schools.

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At least a half dozen 1990s Rhodes Scholars became partners at Goldman Sachs and, since the 1980s, McKinsey has had numerous Rhodes Scholars as partners.

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Similarly, of Rhodes Scholars who became attorneys, about one-third serve as staff attorneys for private corporations, while another third remain in private practice or academic posts.

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Highest-ranking career choice for Rhodes Scholars is education and academia, with many becoming deans of law and medical schools and others becoming professors and lecturers.

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Rhodes Scholars have had a notable impact in the fields of medicine and science.

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Rhodes Scholars was credited with maintaining the high quality of basic science research in the Institutes.

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Rhodes Scholars was later arrested and sentenced to life in prison.

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Rhodes Scholars observed that shifts in the developing world, particularly dietary changes and increased urbanization, lead to higher incidences of heart attacks and strokes.

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Rhodes Scholars became a founding member of the influential Fugitive literary group.

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Tasmanian Rhodes Scholars Scholar Richard Flanagan is a celebrated author, having been awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2014 for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

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Rhodes Scholars's is currently coordinating missions between the Johnson Space Center and the International Space Station as an employee of NASA.

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