Three Harvard undergraduates and a first-year Harvard Medical School student are among the 32 American men and women named Rhodes Scholars on Saturday (Nov. 20). They will begin study next October at the University of Oxford in England.

Harvard’s newest Rhodes Scholars are seniors Baltazar “Zar” Zavala of El Paso, Texas, Zachary Frankel of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Daniel Lage of Miami, along with medical student Aakash Shah of Cliffside Park, N.J.

They were chosen from among 837 students nominated by 309 colleges and universities nationwide.

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.

This year’s recipients bring Harvard’s total number of Rhodes Scholars to 332.

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