From left: Sophie Huttner, James A. (JT) Mullins and Ulystean J. (Jonathan) Oates
Two current students in the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy program and a Global Affairs major are among the 32 Americans who have won prestigious Rhodes Scholarships for study next year at the University of Oxford in England.
The Yale College seniors, Ulystean J. (Jonathan) Oates, James A. (JT) Mullins and Sophie M. Huttner will join an international group of scholars chosen from more than 60 countries around the world for graduate study at Oxford beginning in October 2023. Over 100 Rhodes Scholars will be selected worldwide this year.
The Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford. Scholars are chosen for academic excellence, a commitment to making a positive difference in the world, a concern for the welfare of others, a consciousness of inequities, and for their promise of leadership.
This year, more than 2,500 students began the application process, and 840 of those were endorsed by 244 colleges and universities. Committees of selection in each of 16 U.S. districts then invited the strongest applicants for an interview, from which the 32 American scholars were chosen. For the third year in a row, the Rhodes Scholars were elected entirely remotely, a practice that began with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
“They inspire us already with their accomplishments, but even more by their values-based leadership and selfless ambitions to improve their communities and the world,” said Elliot F. Gerson, the American secretary of the Rhodes Trust.