“I just wanted to add a few facts which may inform this discussion further. The Rhodes selection committee provides no funding for individuals selected to interview to fly to their home state/state of application. This automatically screens for a certain level of socio-economic privilege — like one of my friends said ‘do poor people ever win the Rhodes?’ It is a good question to ask. Secondly there is privilege within the Ivy-Rhodes, and, in particular, the Harvard-Rhodes nexus for preparing for this pinnacle status of a fellowship. Most public schools do not have the institutional resources to facilitate student applications to these very widely respected fellowships. Indeed many students in public school systems do not even know of the deadlines. These various points are often missed when the Rhodes is elevated as a peak achievement. And by peak achievement my focus is on relativity. It is viewed by many universities, students and the press alike as an achievement more extraordinary than other fellowships (like the Marshall or Fulbright), conventional vocations (health professions, teaching, etc), or community service based lifestyles.”

–Just posted on “Why Do We Care about Rhodes Scholars?”, 11/22/11