Overview over the Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate scholarship for students to study at the University of Oxford. It was established in 1902 by British businessman and politician Cecil John Rhodes. Its purpose is to promote unity between English speaking nations.

 

How to become a Rhodes Scholar

Selection criteria outlined by Cecil Rhodes are:

  • literary and scholastic attainment (3/10)
  • fondness of and success in manly outdoor sports such as cricket football and the like (2/10)
  • qualities of manhood, truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for the protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness, and fellowship (3/10)
  • exhibition during school days of moral force of character and of instincts to lead and to take an interest in his schoolmates for those latter attributes will be likely in after-life to guide him to esteem the performance of public duty as his highest aim. (2/10)

Although the politicization of the Rhodes Scholarships has been going on since decades, under Warden Charles Conn the criteria have been changed to remove the word "manly" and "manhood" and soften the criteria so that even more social justice activists and far left extremists can be picked over better qualified people who hold mainstream political views:

  • literary and scholastic attainments;
  • energy to use one's talents to the full;
  • 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.

Today in practice the Rhodes Scholarship selection process is extremely biased toward applicants with far left political views. This is accomplished by subtly changing the selection criteria as described above, and by stacking the selection panels with people holding left political views themselves. In the US for example, US Secretary Elliot Gerson, a Democratic Party operative, is picking selection committee members by hand. While there are "older" scholars who have not been picked to sit on a selection committee in 40 years, younger scholars, for example staff members of Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, have already been picked several times. Reports from conservative applicants suggest that selection committees target questions to ascertain the political outlook of candidates. An example of this is asking candidates about their support or rejection of George W. Bush's foreign policy. The left bias in scholar selections has become such common knowledge that conservative applicants deliberately hide their outlook. A successful applicant who is a member of our group chose to omit that he was the head of the College Republicans at his undergraduate college. In a fair selection process, such a leadership position would be a plus for an application. However, the process at the Rhodes Scholarships is so severely biased that it is better in practice to omit such credentials altogether. A stellar applicant recently contacted us for advice. He had a perfect GPA (the Rhodes average is only 3.8!), impeccable sports and leadership credentials, and a strong desire for public service. He even had worked on a successful Presidential campaign before, unfortunately for him, it was the Trump campaign. He was not even invited for an interview.