Houston: Four Indian-American students
have been selected for the Rhodes Scholarships for 2011 for
studying at the University of Oxford, the award which is
widely considered the "world`s most prestigious scholarship".
The Rhodes Trust yesterday named Aakash K Shah of New
Jersey, Prerna Nadathur & Priya M Sury, and Varun Sivaram of
California. Aakash K Shah, Cliffside Park, graduated from
Ursinus College and is now in his first year at Harvard
Prerna Nadathur, Roseville, is a senior at the
University of Chicago where she majors in mathematics and
minors in linguistics and philosophy.
Priya M Sury, Roseville, graduated from Washington
University in St. Louis in May, summa cum laude, in
anthropology and Spanish.
She is currently studying for an MD degree at the
University of Minnesota.
Varun S Sivarum, Monte Sereno, is a senior at
Stanford majoring in engineering physics and international
A Truman Scholar and junior mentor at Phi Beta Kappa,
Varun has won Stanford prizes for excellence in humanities and
political science, as well as in engineering.
The thirty-two Rhodes Scholars chosen from the United
States will join an international group of Scholars chosen
from fourteen other jurisdictions around the world.
The Rhodes Scholarship, named after Cecil Rhodes, is
an international postgraduate award for study at the
University of Oxford in the UK.
It was the first large-scale programme of
international scholarships, and is widely considered the
"world`s most prestigious scholarship" by many public sources
such as Time Magazine and Yale University Press.
In addition to the thirty-two Americans, Scholars are
also selected from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the nations of
the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India,
Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (South
Africa, plus Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and
Swaziland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Approximately 80 scholars are selected worldwide each
year, including several non-US Scholars who have attended
American colleges and universities.
The value of the Rhodes Scholarship varies depending
on the academic field and the degree (BA, master`s, doctoral)
The Rhodes Trust pays all college and university
fees, provides a stipend to cover necessary expenses while in
residence in Oxford as well as during vacations, and
transportation to and from England.
Mr. Gerson estimates that the total value of the
Scholarship averages approximately USD 50,000 per year.