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Rhodes Scholarship

Each year 100 Rhodes Scholars are selected from 23 jurisdictions around the world; as of 2018, there are two "Rhodes Global Scholars." 32 of the Scholars each year are Americans. The Scholarship fully funds two years (sometimes three) of study at Oxford University.

According to the Rhodes Trust, “Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.”

KU students apply for nomination in the spring of their junior year, as seniors, or after graduation, though they must be 18-23 years old on October 1 in the year of application. Students should have a minimum 3.7 GPA.

Students who wish to be endorsed by the University of Kansas must register intent to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship with Dr. Anne Wallen and submit a preliminary application, typically in the spring of their junior or senior year.  See this page for information about the application process. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen (annewallen@ku.edu) for more details.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship are advised that the Rhodes Trust requires that the following statement be included on their personal essay in their application: "I Kelsey Murrell and Anne Wallen at Rhodes House, Oxfordattest that this essay is my own work and is wholly truthful.  Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application." We refer you to the Rhodes Trust's website information on this rule. For more information on the scholarship, please see the national website for the Rhodes Trust.

Campus deadline for KU nomination: May 2021. National deadline for KU nominees: late September.

Students who wish to apply for the Rhodes Global Scholarship apply on an earlier timeline and should contact Dr. Wallen as soon as possible.

27 KU students have been named Rhodes Scholars. The most recent were Kelsey Murrell in 2011 and Shegufta Huma in 2016.


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