Rhodes Scholarship

NAU's Faculty Representative:  Melissa Hatfield Riggs
Internal Deadline to Apply Through NAU:  July 14, 2014 (preliminary materials)
Official Website: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

What does a Rhodes Scholarship fund?

The Rhodes Trust provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a graduate degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Mission

To nurture public-spirited leaders for the world's future, and to promote international understanding and peace.

Criteria for Selection

  • literary and scholastic attainments;
  • energy to use one’s talents to the full;
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

Must have a compelling reason to study in the UK at Oxford.

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizenship or a 5-year permanent resident of the U.S.
    (Note: Students from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe can apply separately.)
  • At least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application).
  • Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following application.
  • Finalists must attend a reception and personal interview in the district region (Los Angeles) on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Telephone and electronic interviews are not permitted.

Application Components

  • An endorsement letter from NAU.
  • Five, but not more than eight, letters of recommendation. Four of these must be from individuals who are qualified to advise selection committees about the applicant’s academic ability and standing.
  • A personal statement not exceeding 1000 words which must be certified by the applicant as wholly truthful and his or her own work. In other words, no essay feedback from anyone.
  • A list of principal activities (resume).
  • A certified transcript (or transcripts).
  • A passport-size photograph.
  • Proof of citizenship.
  • Finalists must attend a reception and personal interview in the district region (Los Angeles) on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Telephone and electronic interviews are not permitted.

NAU Internal Deadline Requirements and Process

  • Explore the Rhodes website thoroughly. 
  • Notify the Faculty Representative of your interest and make an appointment as soon as possible.
  • Review my Tips for Applications section.
  • Also see Rhodes Scholars video on writing the personal statement.
  • Send a detailed resume and the Rhodes internal deadline form (including short essay) to the Faculty Representative by July 14, 2014.
  • Have references send their letters to the Faculty Representative before uploading.
  • Work with the Faculty Representative for application and general writing questions and non-essay feedback.
  • Finalized online application, including all reference letters, one week earlier than the official deadline of October 1, 2014.

IMPORTANT:

Please refer your recommendation writers to my Tips for Recommenders. Please also see applicant tips on Working with References.

Note: I absolutely want to review recommendation letters or forms before they are uploaded to the scholarship application site, so ask your writers to send their letter first to me at Melissa.Riggs@nau.edu.