The Rhodes Trust on Saturday released a list of 32 students chosen to represent the United States as Rhodes Scholars for 2017.
The Rhodes Scholarships, referred to as “the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates,” by the American Secretary of the trust Elliot F. Gerson, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
Created in 1902 by British philanthropist the Will of Cecil Rhodes, the first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.
The recipients of the scholarship are chosen in a two-stage process — endorsement by a college or university and personal interviews. This year about 2,500 students sought endorsements out of which 882 were endorsed by 311 different colleges and universities. The strongest applicants are then invited to appear before Committees of Selection in 16 U.S. districts for the interview.
Some renowned Rhodes scholars are the former Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal, Grammy winner Kris Kristofferson, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow — who was also the first openly gay American to win the scholarship and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
Here is a list of the students chosen as Rhodes scholars:
Joshua B. Pickar, University of Chicago Law School and The George Washington University
Maia Silber, Harvard University
Sarah A. Waltcher, Dartmouth College
Laura A. Courchesne, University of Georgia
Nancy Ko, Harvard University
Noah Remnick, Yale University
Spencer D. Dunleavy, Harvard University
Meghan M. Shea, Stanford University
Cameron D. Clarke, Howard University
Aryn A. Frazier, University of Virginia
James C. Pavur, Georgetown University
Jory M. Fleming, University of South Carolina
Lucinda M. Ford, United States Naval Academy
Christian E. Nattiel, United States Military Academy
Kirk P. Smith, University of Tulsa
Mikaila V. Smith, University of Texas at Austin
Morgan K. Mohr, Indiana University
Christa Grace Watkins, University of Notre Dame
Olivia A. Klevorn, Yale University
Pasquale S. Toscano, Washington and Lee University
Aaron C. Robertson, Princeton University
Ahmed M. Ahmed, Cornell University
Lauren C. Jackson, University of Virginia
Shegufta A. Huma, University of Kansas
Hannah K. Carrese, Yale University
Joshua Carter, Montana State University
Pema McLaughlin, Reed College
Anthony Wilder L. Wohns, Harvard University
Oscar De Los Santos, University of Southern California
Alexis A. Doyle, University of Notre Dame
Nicole A. Mihelson, Johns Hopkins University
Caylin L. Moore, Texas Christian University