Two Bay Area students – one from Stanford University and the other from UC Berkeley – are among 32 US Rhodes Fellows for 2022, receiving the prestigious Postgraduate Award to continue their studies at the University of Oxford in England.
“For the second year in a row, the Rhodes Fellowship class has been elected entirely virtually, with both applicants and selectors participating remotely, securely and independently,” Elliot Gerson, US Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, said in a Saturday news release. “As successful as the process is, we certainly hope to return to face-to-face interviews and selection next year in cities across the country, as has been done for over a century.”
Senior Stanford graduate Sayeh Kohani and recent UC Berkeley graduate Varsha Sarveswar are among a cohort of 32 recipients, including a record 22 women.
More than 2,300 students have applied this year and 24 colleges and universities have become winners. Harvard and the US Military Academy each had four recipients, and Yale had three.
Selection committees from 16 regions interviewed the finalists before selecting two students from each region. The Rhodes Scholarships will begin at Oxford University in October with all university and college fees covered by the scholarship. The size of the scholarship averages about $ 75,000 per year, of which $ 250,000 is for the Rhodes Fellows who remain at Oxford for four years.
Since the inception of the Rhodes Fellowships, 3,578 Americans representing 327 universities and colleges have won them. Since women have been able to apply since 1976, 627 people have received scholarships.
Cohani from San Diego specializes in bioengineering as well as public policy and aspires to become a medical scientist.
“One of the features of Rhodes is the opportunity to meet peers from all over the world with a wide variety of interests,” she said in a Stanford University press release.
Sarveswar from Sacramento graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2020 with a Bachelor of Politics and Minors in Public Policy and History in Spring 2020. local or state elected official. “