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2007 Rhodes Scholars announced


According to Associated Press, eighty-seven students were named 2007 Rhodes Scholars. They will study for two years at Oxford University.

In 1902, British philanthropist Cecil John Rhodes established two-year Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University for students who could meet these standards:

Literary and scholastic attainments

Energy to use one's talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports

Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship

Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

Rhodes had a controversial career in South Africa, and has been described as a promoter of the British Empire. His reason for establishing the scholarships was to promote "an understanding between the three great powers" – Britain, the United States, and Germany – that "will render war impossible."

The scholarships have since expanded to include students in British Commonwealth countries and Hong Kong. In 2003 the Mandela Rhodes Foundation drew together "the legacy of leadership and reconciliation embodied by Nelson Mandela with Cecil John Rhodes’ legacy of entrepreneurship and education, to help build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa through Mandela Rhodes Programmes".

A glance at the projects undertaken by some of the American scholars suggests a "liberal" bent in the unfortunate modern use of the word – government-owned. I hope some of the scholars are interested in the benefits of private enterprise.