National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Spring 2003


Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 4:1, Spring/Summer 2003. Copyright © 2003 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


Rhodes Scholarships enable 32 American students per year the opportunity to study at the prestigious Oxford University in England. Many of these scholars return to the United States to lead impressive careers in the fields of politics, law, business, medicine, and so on. An often-unrecognized detail, though, is the prominence of education as a career choice of Rhodes Scholars. In fact, education is the highest-ranking career choice of Rhodes Scholars and has been since the inception of the scholarships. Education is also the field in which scholars have had the most impact. Many Rhodes Scholars have become deans of medical schools and law schools and presidents of colleges and universities, in addition to the many others who have served as professors and lecturers throughout the United States. Within the field of education in the United States, an unnoticed development exists that is almost entirely the result of the implementation of the Rhodes Scholarships, namely that of honors education at the collegiate level.