WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Rhodes Trust says 32 American students were chosen as Rhodes Scholars and will be awarded scholarships to study at Oxford University.
Among those selected was Cadet 1st Class Zachary Crippen. Crippen, from Pennsylvania, is a senior at the U.S. Air Force Academy majoring in foreign area studies with a minor in Arabic.
The awards all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England. The winners were selected from 830 applicants endorsed by 299 different colleges and universities. The scholars will enter Oxford next October.
The value of the scholarships averages about $50,000 per year.
"I don't know why I was selected from that candidate pool," Crippen said, "but I am humbled by the enormous opportunity now in front of me and thankful to all the people who have helped me along the way."
At Oxford, Zach plans to do the master of public policy and the M.Sc. in global governance and diplomacy.
Crippen is currently scheduled to become an intelligence officer, but says he has aspirations of heading to law school and an eventual position as a judge advocate.
Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.
The American students will join an international group of scholars selected from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. Approximately 80 scholars are selected each year.