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32 Americans Are Named Rhodes Scholars for 2010

November 22, 2009

The 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2010 come from 23 universities and colleges across the United States, including one that has never before had a recipient of the prestigious awards, Truman State University, in Missouri.

The scholarships, announced by the American secretary of the Rhodes Trust on Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England. This year's winners will enter Oxford next October.

Harvard University had the most recipients this year, with five. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology had the second highest number of scholarship winners, with three. Three institutions had two winners each: the U.S. Military Academy, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Yale University.

About 80 Rhodes Scholars are selected worldwide each year. The scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes. According to an announcement on the Trust's Web site, recipients are chosen on the basis of "high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor."