|Initial Bowdoin Deadline:||August 30, 2012 (noon)|
|Campus Interview:||September 3 or 4, 2012|
|Final Bowdoin Deadline:||September 28, 2012 (noon)
|Rhodes Deadline:||October 3, 2012 (midnight)
|Campus Contact:||Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research|
*Information derived from www.rhodesscholar.org
The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year representing the fifty states. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars.
Extraordinary intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.
All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford. Election to the Scholarship is normally for two or three years, depending upon the degree program pursued by the Scholar. A Scholarship, including required University and college fees and a stipend for living expenses, may be renewed, at the complete discretion of the Rhodes Trustees, for a third year for those pursuing a doctoral degree and whose progress is deemed satisfactory. In some instances a fourth year may also be supported.
Bowdoin’s Internal Selection Process. Students are encouraged to read Info for British Scholarships: Applying to the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates Cambridge Scholarships for tips on putting together a competitive application. By the “Initial Bowdoin Deadline” (see above), applicants must submit the materials listed below to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research.
The four items listed above can be either hand-delivered to Emily Briley in 113 Kanbar Hall or electronically submitted as PDFs to Emily Briley (email@example.com).
The Committee will review these materials, and those students who are deemed competitive will be scheduled for a campus interview. Based on the submitted materials and the interview, the Committee will decide which applicant(s) will receive Bowdoin’s endorsement.
Materials for Final Application. If you receive Bowdoin’s endorsement, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your material and to remind people writing your recommendations of the relevant deadlines. Although Rhodes applications may be submitted as late as the Rhodes Deadline, Bowdoin’s endorsed candidates are expected to submit the following by the “Final Bowdoin Deadline:”
Electronically submit a complete Rhodes Scholarship online application, which includes:
Provide the Office of Student Fellowships and Research with one complete printout of your application.
William J. Oppenheim III '09
A Phi Beta Kappa Scholar with a self-designed major (anthropology, religion, and education) and a teaching minor, Willy’s accomplishments are numerous. They include founding the Omprakash Foundation and Bowdoin’s Global Citizen Grant program and receiving two Bowdoin fellowships, the Dunlap Prize, the President’s Award, and two national poetry prizes. Since graduating from Bowdoin, Willy has dedicated himself to building the Omprakash network and serving as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School. He will further pursue his interest in global education as a Rhodes Scholar by earning a master of science in comparative and international education at the University of Oxford. (Read more)
For a comprehensive list of Bowdoin fellowship winners, click here.