Harvard Seniors Chosen as Rhodes Scholars

Michelle Lee
The Harvard Crimson
Cambridge, MA

While most college seniors are concerned about keeping in touch with their roommates after graduation, Quincy House roommates Julian B. Gewirtz ’13 and Benjamin B. Wilcox ’13 will spend the next year together studying at Oxford.

Both Gewirtz and Wilcox won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. They were among six Harvard seniors—including Aidan C. de Burgh Daly ’13, Allan J. Hsiao ’13, Nina M. Yancy ’13, and Phillip Z. Yao ’13 as well—on the list of 32 recipients nationwide selected from 838 applicants from 302 colleges and universities. The scholars were selected based on their academic performance, leadership potential, philanthropic spirit, and athletic achievements.

The Rhodes Scholarship is "the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates," wrote Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, in a press release.

The winners were announced on Saturday afternoon in front of a group of students who had traveled to complete two days of interviews.

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