"the Rhodes Scholar"

Often considered the world’s most prestigious scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship was set up to enable gifted students from the United States, the British Colonies and Germany to study at the University of Oxford.  Today, it is usually associated with American beneficiaries, including Bill Clinton.


The scholarships are awarded and administered by a trust established under the terms of the will of pioneer and diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902). Rhodes was born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, but he made his fortune in the mines of South Africa, where he also pursued a political career and worked to extend the reach of the British Empire.