Rhodes scholarship

  1. one of a number of scholarships at Oxford University, established by the will of Cecil Rhodes, for selected students (Rhodes scholars) from the British Commonwealth and the United States.

Origin of Rhodes scholarship

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for rhodes scholarship

Rhodes scholarship

  1. one of 72 scholarships founded by Cecil Rhodes, awarded annually on merit to Commonwealth and US students to study for two or sometimes three years at Oxford University
Derived FormsRhodes scholar, noun
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rhodes scholarship in Culture

Rhodes scholarship


A scholarship for study at Oxford University. Cecil Rhodes, an English financier of the late nineteenth century, established the scholarships to train potential leaders. They are designed for students from Germany and from nations formerly part of the British Empire, including the United States. Rhodes scholars are chosen for ability, moral character, and success in sports.

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