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
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.
No sessions are scheduled at this time.
The application process begins in the spring of your junior
year for placement the fall following
Please refer to the five
steps listed below.
Don't wait. Start researching
Please visit the Rhodes and Marshall
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:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com to officially
inform us that you will be participating in the Rhodes and Marshall
- 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).
- Several appointments will follow with Dr.
Cunningham over the next several months to review drafts of your statement.
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.
- Begin making a list of eight to ten individuals, normally
Hope faculty, who you think could write a very strong letter of
on your behalf. We will need these names, along with complete
contact information for off-campus persons (including email), by
- Once you have at least eight confirmed recommendations, please
complete this Google form to enter your information: Proceeding
with R/M application process.
- 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
Marshall Scholarship Official Site -
Links across the top: see especially About and Rules
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
Hope College students that have received
these prestegious awards
Helps you find courses and degree programs throughout the UK.