NEW YORK—Integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, physical vigor, and a high academic achievement are among the criteria for Rhodes scholars set down in the will of British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer Cecil Rhodes in 1902.
In Rhodes’s words, his scholars should “esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim.” Jennifer M. Bright is one of two New Yorkers who received the full scholarship to Oxford University in England on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Bright is currently a senior at Yale University majoring in ethics, politics, and economics. In addition to her academic pursuits, Bright was the editor-in-chief at the Yale and undergraduate law review and the president of the Yale Urban Collective.
“Rhodes scholars are committed to ‘fighting the world’s fight,’ and I hope to be able to contribute to that legacy in urban health policy” said Bright.
Grateful for the opportunity, Bright hopes to study at Oxford at the Blavatnik School of Government and focus on urban health. After Oxford, she hopes to pursue a law degree, “The ultimate goal is to work at a health policy institution and combine policy and the law there,” said Bright.
Aidan Daly was the second New Yorker to receive the scholarship; he is a senior at Harvard University majoring in computer science. The two were among 32 Americans and 80 worldwide who received the honorable Rhodes scholarships Saturday.
The scholarship program was created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes. The first class of American Rhodes scholars attended Oxford in 1904.
The Rhodes Trust will cover college and university fees for the duration of the degree, which ranges between two and four years. Additionally, scholars will receive a stipend to cover necessary expenses while at Oxford and on vacations, and transportation to and from England.
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