Both from the Class of 2015, Harvard’s newest Rhodes are Ruth Fong and Benjamin Sprung-Keyser, the Rhodes Trust announced Sunday morning.
Arguably the most famous academic award available to American college students and graduates, Rhodes Scholarships every year attract hundreds of top students. The 2015 American Rhodes Scholars faced competition from 877 students nominated by 305 colleges and universities nationwide. This year’s awards bring the ranks of Harvard’s Rhodes Scholars to 350.
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.