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Two Stanford students win Rhodes scholarships

Recent Stanford graduate Tess Bridgeman and senior Jared Cohen have been selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Bridgeman and Cohen are among 32 American men and women selected from 963 applicants who will enter Oxford University, England, next October to study for two or three years. The prestigious scholarship, worth about $30,000 a year, pays all university fees, and provides a stipend to cover living expenses and travel.

Bridgeman, 22, earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford in human biology and international health and development in June. A Truman Scholar, she is currently working at the World Bank. Bridgeman has done extensive community work and research addressing birth defects in Mexico. She founded a nonprofit organization in Mexico called "Puente a la Salud Comunitaria," or Bridge to Community Health, and was president of Stanford Students for Choice. She will pursue development studies at Oxford.

Cohen, 22, is majoring in history and political science. He has worked and traveled in many African countries, is fluent in Swahili and has written a book on U.S. policy toward Rwanda. On campus, Cohen co-founded a human rights journal called Six Degrees. He plans to pursue a doctorate in African studies at Oxford.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen on the basis of the criteria set down in the will of Cecil Rhodes, founder of the state of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. These criteria include high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.



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