The Catholic University of America

 

   The Rhodes Scholarship  

 

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world. A class of 83 Scholars is selected each year, with 32 granted to citizens of the United States. Recipients may choose any full-time post-graduate course offered by the University of Oxford.
 
Selection for Rhodes Scholarships is highly competitive and the university has a limit to how many candidates can receive offficial endorsement to enter the competition. As a result, a prescreening process is required of all potential applicants. 
 
The CUA Campus Deadline for the 2015-2016 Rhodes Scholarship Application is
Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
Eligibility
At the time of application, an applicant for the Rhodes Scholarship must be:
  • A citizen of the United States; pending citizenship does not qualify.
  • At least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application).
  • Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
 
Selection Criteria
Rhodes's vision in founding the Scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight 'the world's fight' and to 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim', and to promote international understanding and peace.
 
His will outlines four criteria to be used in the election of Scholars:
  • Literary and scholastic attainments
  • Energy to use one's talents to the full
  • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.
In short, Rhodes Scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.  The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as 'leaders for the world’s future'.
 
For more detailed information, please visit The Rhodes Trust website.
 
**Potential applicants at CUA must have a minimum GPA of 3.8 to begin the campus competition for the required university endorsement**

 

When should you start thinking about the Rhodes?
End of Sophomore/beginning of Junior year at CUA.
 
When should you begin the application?
Spring of your Junior year.
 

2015-2016 Competition Timeline

  • April 3, 2014: CUA Pre-application Deadline
  • July 2014: Application available online
  • September 3, 2014: Rhodes Scholarship CUA Campus Deadline
  • Mid-September, 2014: On Campus Interviews
  • October 1, 2014: Rhodes Scholarship National Application Deadline
 

On Campus Sessions

General Fellowships Info Session 
January 2015
Specific date and time TBA
 
 

For More Information

Contact Julie Yarwood, Fellowships Coordinator at yarwood@cua.edu to set up a meeting.