Rhodes Scholarships Go to 5 at Stanford, Most Ever for School

Oliver Staley
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Stanford University students won five Rhodes Scholarships, the most in the school’s history, while Harvard, Brown and Princeton each were awarded four as the 32 U.S. recipients of one of the world’s most prestigious academic awards were named yesterday.

The University of Washington had two scholars and California State University Long Beach and Bard College had their first-ever recipients, 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. Scholars were chosen from more than 2,000 applicants.

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

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