A tennis instructor, a Baptist minister and a student fluent in four languages were among 32 Rhodes scholars selected for two years of study at the Oxford University in England, officials said Sunday.
The 1991 U.S. Rhodes scholars were chosen during meetings held nationwide Wednesday and Saturday, said David Alexander, American secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, based at Pomona College in Claremont.
The list includes four English majors, five political science majors and two pre-med students. Several scholars said they planned careers in education. Harvard University had five scholars, Yale had four, and Williams College and the U.S. Air Force Academy each had two. This year's list includes five women. Among the qualities sought in Rhodes scholars are intellectual and academic excellence, integrity, respect for others, the ability to lead and to use talents fully, and sports prowess.
The Rhodes scholarships were established in 1902 by the estate of Cecil Rhodes, a British philanthropist and colonialist. Scholarship winners have college and university fees paid and receive a stipend.