‘Leaders for the world’s future’
During its 110th Anniversary, The Rhodes Trust announced on 19 September 2013 a gift of £75 million (US$117.5 million) from the McCall MacBain Foundation, the biggest donation since Cecil Rhodes founded the world’s oldest scholarship in 1903.
The gift, the largest since the establishment of the Scholarship in 1903, will enable the Trust to continue to send future global leaders to the University of Oxford. It consists of a £25 million grant, a £25 million challenge/match donation to encourage additional fundraising for a total of £50 million, and a future £25 million to expand the Scholarships into new geographies.
Speaking at the event, John McCall MacBain said:
“Receiving the Rhodes Scholarship and attending Oxford were among the highlights of my life. These Scholarships have been helping develop future leaders for over a century. With the world facing ever-increasing challenges, the need to help develop leadership skills is more important than ever. I hope that this gift will help secure them for another 100 years.”
Read the full press release in our News page and watch the video on the Rhodes Trust’s website.
About The Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Scholarships
The Rhodes Trust is a UK charity which administers the Rhodes Scholarships. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.
Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world. A class of 83 Scholars is selected each year from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Rhodes’s vision in founding the Scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight ‘the world’s fight’ and to ‘esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim’, and to promote international understanding and peace.
His will outlines four criteria to be used in the election of Scholars:
- literary and scholastic attainments
- energy to use one’s talents to the full
- truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
- moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
In short, Rhodes Scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders for the world’s future’.