All from the Class of 2012, Harvard’s newest Rhodes Scholars are Brett Rosenberg of Chappaqua, N.Y., Spencer Lenfield of Paw Paw, Michigan, Samuel Galler of Boulder, Colo., and Victor Yang of Lexington, Ky.
Arguably the most famous academic award available to American college students and graduates, Rhodes scholarships every year attract hundreds of top students. The 2012 American Rhodes Scholars faced competition from 830 students nominated by 299 colleges and universities nationwide. This year’s awards bring the ranks of Harvard’s Rhodes Scholars to 336.
Created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, the scholarships cover all costs for two or three years of study at Oxford. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential, and physical vigor, among other attributes.