Rhodes Scholarships

Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. Kira Allmann '10 is the College's most recent Rhodes Scholar.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

The potential applicant must be: a citizen of the United States; at least 18 but not yet 24 years old (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 election.

W&M Campus Application Procedures

Read all of the information on the Rhodes website carefully, particularly the Memorandum of Regulations, FAQ, and Profiles of Winners.

I. Campus Application - due by noon on August 15

The campus application consists of the signed personal statement, unofficial transcript, letters of recommendation (at least 5 and up to 8), and an activities list. These items should be emailed directly to fellowships@wm.edu by noon on August 15. Letters must be sent as email attachments, signed and on letterhead, directly to the Director of National Fellowships.

II. Interviews - week of September 3

The campus nomination committee will review the applications and issue invitations to those selected for interviews. Interviews will be held shortly after the campus deadline. The interview will last approximately 20 minutes. At the completion of the interviews, the committee will select the College's nominees and all applicants will be notified of their status.

III. Fine Tuning

Candidates chosen as nominees will have time to fine tune their application materials prior to submitting them to the District Committee of Selection designated by the campus nomination committee. The final applications must be submitted online by the national deadline the first week of October.

IV. District Interviews

District receptions and interviews will be held on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday.  Notifications regarding interview status will be made as early as possible. 

V. Rhodes Scholars Named

Election announcements are made following the conclusion of the Saturday interviews.