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Diverse Class of Rhodes Scholars Selected

The 32 new American awardees of the University of Oxford’s Rhodes Scholars program were announced Saturday. Elliot F. Gerson, the American secretary for the Rhodes Trust, said this year’s awardees for the prestigious graduate-level scholarship “reflect the remarkable diversity that characterizes and strengthens the United States.”

“Twenty-two of the 32 are students of color; 10 are Black, equal to the greatest number ever elected in one year in the United States,” Gerson said in a press release. “Nine are first-generation Americans or immigrants; and one is a Dreamer with active [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] status. Seventeen of the winners are women, 14 are men, and one is non-binary. These young Americans will go to Oxford next October to study in fields broadly across the social, biological and physical sciences, the humanities, and public policy.”

Rhodes Scholarships cover all expenses for two to three years of graduate-level study at Oxford. This year’s winners include the first-ever Rhodes Scholars selected from Southern Connecticut State University and from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lafayette College, in Pennsylvania, and South Dakota State University each had their second-ever Rhodes Scholars.

Profiles of the winners can be found here.

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