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The Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships

Dr. David Cunningham (Center for Writing and Research -CWR- in Van Wylen Library) and Dr. Janis Gibbs (History) provide advising and mentoring of students who are interested in competing for the prestigious Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, which provide for two to three years of graduate study in the United Kingdom. Our web-based information is located here for ease of access.

Information Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at this time. The application process begins in the spring of your junior year for placement the fall following graduation.

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Please refer to the five steps listed below.

Don't wait. Start researching now!

Please visit the Rhodes and Marshall Official Site links highlighted below. Updated application information is not available until May or June of the year that you apply. You apply in the fall of your senior year for placement the following year.

  • Example: You begin developing your personal statement & eliciting your eight references in March/April for submission that same fall. Placement is for the following academic year.

Although these scholarships are primarily for juniors and above, underclassmen can begin thinking about the application process well in advance by reviewing the links below.

If you are a JUNIOR (or a senior who is waiting one year before starting graduate school) and have decided to pursue these scholarships, here are the steps to follow whether you are on-campus or studying abroad:

  1. Email cunningham@hope.edu and gibbs@hope.edu to officially inform us that you will be participating in the Rhodes and Marshall application process.
  2. An initial draft of your personal statement is due in our office sometime in March of the year you plan to apply (via hard copy or e-mail).
  3. Several appointments will follow with Dr. Cunningham over the next several months to review drafts of your statement. If you are studying abroad, your contact will be via e-mail. A one-on-one can be scheduled as soon as you are available, preferably by early summer.
  4. Begin making a list of eight to ten individuals, normally Hope faculty, who you think could write a very strong letter of recommendation on your behalf. We will need these names, along with complete contact information for off-campus persons (including email), by late April.
  5. Once you have at least eight confirmed recommendations, please complete this Google form to enter your information: Proceeding with R/M application process.
  6. The actual application will be submitted on-line in September of your senior year.

Sample Winning Essays - from both programs are provided on the University of Michigan's web site.

Rhodes Scholarship Official Site -
Along left hand column, see especially Scholarship Information, Regulations & Application, FAQ-Should I Apply? and Recent Scholars sections.

Marshall Scholarship Official Site -
Links across the top: see especially About and Rules for Candidates.

All About Study in the UK: The British Council-USA
First rate starting point for learning about courses and degree programs available in the UK.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities
Helps you find courses and degree programs throughout the UK.

Hope College students that have received these prestegious awards

Updated: 10-Feb-2014