Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship in the world. A class of scholars, including 32 U.S. citizens, is selected each year to study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are selected based on the following criteria: literary and scholastic achievement; energy to use one's talents; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and moral force of character and instincts to lead and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.
To be eligible for a Rhodes Scholarship you must receive WVU endorsement and be:
- A citizen for the state and country from which you are applying
- Able to demonstrate intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service
- Able to meet the competitive entry requirements for the University of Oxford and the specific degree program for which you are applying
- A student with a grade point average of 3.7 or better
- At least 18 but not yet 24 years of age by the October in which the application materials are due
- Receiving a Bachelor's degree by the October following your selection as a Rhodes Scholar
The Rhodes Scholarship covers all university and college fees, a personal stipend, airfare to and from Oxford for two years. At the discretion of the trustees the scholarship may be extended for a third year for students pursuing a DPhil degree.