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November 7, 2011 / charityprofiles

Great Expectations

Individuals have varying degrees of ambitions in life. Some dream of having their own business empire, others want to be president of not just private companies but of their own countries. Quite a number succeed, many do not yet they must all move on with their lives.

Have you heard of the Rhodes Trust? This charitable organization is not as well-known as the scholarship it administers which is the Rhodes Scholarships. If you want a scholarship that has great expectations of its recipients Rhodes explicitly states on its website: “the Rhodes Scholarship support students who demonstrate strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders for the world’s future.’” Talk about pressure; but for many this scholarship is not about pressure but is an opportunity and gateway to be able to do great things in life.

Established in 1902, this is considered the oldest international scholarship program in the world. A highly select list of applicants from designated countries are given a chance to study at the University of Oxford in England. Tuition is paid for and there is a stipend to cover living expenses along with a two-way ticket from the scholar’s country of origin.

This scholarship was made possible through the will of Cecil Rhodes who went to school at Oxford and has  high regard for the school. Cecil Rhodes, a British who made his great fortune in Africa  was not only wealthy but had a large degree of political clout as well. The country Rhodesia was named after him which eventually became Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Cecil Rhodes

Ironically, Rhodes was a promoter of British imperialism. His scholarship though has more idealistic aspirations; and true to its aspiration, the scholarship has produced a list of noted leaders and scholars. U.S. President Bill Clinton is part of this distinguished list.

You’ve got great expectations? Well, there are people in this world who are willing and able to meet them.

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