Six Harvard undergraduates are among the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars today. They will begin their studies at the University of Oxford in October 2013.

Aidan C. de B. Daly, Julian B. Gewirtz, Allan J. Hsiao, Benjamin B.H. Wilcox, Nina M. Yancy, and Phillip Z. Yao, all members of the Class of 2013, were selected as Harvard’s newest Rhodes scholars.

Arguably the most famous academic award available to American college students and graduates, Rhodes scholarships every year attract hundreds of top students. The 2013 American Rhodes Scholars faced competition from 838 students nominated by 302 colleges and universities nationwide. This year’s awards bring the ranks of Harvard’s Rhodes Scholars to 342.

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.

To see a complete list of the 2013 Rhodes Scholars and read the winners’ bios, visit the Rhodes Scholars  homepage.