Superstars Choose CUNY
The prestigious Rhodes Scholarships – the world’s oldest international fellowships – were established in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes.
Seven CUNY students have become Rhodes Scholars: Zujaja Tauqeer, Macaulay Honors College/Brooklyn College, 2011; David L.V. Bauer, Macaulay Honors College/City College, 2009; Eugene Shenderov, Brooklyn College, 2005; Lev A. Sviridov, City College, 2005; Lisette Nieves, Brooklyn College, 1992; Raymond Paretzky, Queens College, 1983; and Robert T. Molloy, City College, 1939.
The highly competitive awards cover two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, in a field of the candidate’s choosing. The scholarship pays for academic fees, plus an allowance for travel and personal expenses. Candidates are selected on the basis of intellectual distinction, leadership and service.
According to the Rhodes Trust, the founder ". . . dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford [where he took his degree in 1881] would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace."