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Harvard University Students Win the Most Rhodes Scholarships

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Harvard University pennants sit on sale at the Harvard Cooperative Society in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photographer: Michael Fein/Bloomberg

Students at Harvard University won six Rhodes Scholarships, the most of any school this year, as the 32 U.S. recipients of one of the world’s most prestigious academic awards were named today.

Yale University and Stanford University students won three Rhodes Scholarships each, while Princeton University, the University of Virginia and the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, had two scholars apiece, according to a statement from the Office of the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust.

The Rhodes Scholarships were established in 1902 in the will of Cecil Rhodes, a British mine operator and explorer who founded what is now the Johannesburg-based De Beers Group. Rhodes Scholarships fund two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in the U.K. The scholars were chosen from about 1,750 applicants.

Schools with their first winners this year were Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and New York University Abu Dhabi, a branch campus that opened in 2010.

Past winners include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and Rachel Maddow, host of an MSNBC news show.

Scholars are nominated by their universities and finalists are interviewed in 16 regions. Two scholarships are awarded in each region.

With this year’s awards, 347 students from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have been named Rhodes Scholars, the most from any U.S. university. Students from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, have received 233 scholarships, followed by Princeton University in New Jersey, with 201.

List of Winners

The other schools with winners this year are Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania; Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts; Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; University of Wisconsin in Madison; The University of Chicago; Mississippi State University in Starkville; Washington University in St. Louis; Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the University of California, Berkeley.

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