Rhodes Scholarships and Marshall Scholarships are among the world's most prestigious academic awards for graduate students. Since the estate of British philanthropist Cecil J. Rhodes established Rhodes Scholarships in 1904, twenty-five University of Michigan alumni have studied as Rhodes Scholars at Oxford University. Thirty-two Americans are named Rhodes Scholars each year. International students may apply to or be nominated by eighteen other jurisdictions designated by the Rhodes Trust. Students are nominated and appointed based on literary and scholastic attainments, integrity of character, leadership, interest in and respect for other human beings, energy to use talents to the fullest, and a fondness for and success in sports.
Marshall Scholarships, founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953, finance opportunities for young American scholars of high ability to study in the United Kingdom. The scholarship commemorates the humane ideals of the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan) and funds one or two years of study. At least forty Marshall Scholarships are awarded annually to American students who demonstrate maturity, self-reliance, and self-discipline. Fourteen University of Michigan students have been named Marshall Scholars.
In 1999, the George J. Mitchell Scholarships were established for American university students. This third competitive national scholarship program, supported by the Irish and British governments and other benefactors, honors former Senator George J. Mitchell for his contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process. The prestigious award allows Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Up to twelve George J. Mitchell Scholarships are awarded annually to students who have shown both academic distinction and the potential for leadership.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the Rhodes, Marshall, or Mitchell Scholarships, students must hold an undergraduate degree by the fall in which the scholarship begins. Successful candidates usually have a GPA of 3.8 or better and a record of participation in activities that demonstrate leadership and commitment. All Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell applicants need an institutional endorsement.
Consult the Provost's Council on Student Honors Scholarships website to become familiar with the application process and deadlines.
The competition for these prestigious scholarships is fierce, but that does not deter Michigan's deeply motivated and widely accomplished students.
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