Stanford senior named 2020 Rhodes Scholar

A Stanford senior is among the 32 Americans selected to attend the University of Oxford in England for graduate study in a field of their choice.

Stanford student Cyrus Reza, ’20, is a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for two or three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford in England.

“It was a tremendous honor to be invited to be a finalist at all,” Reza said. “I cannot express my gratitude for having been selected.”

This weekend, The Rhodes Trust announced that Reza and 31 other college students from across the country were selected for the Rhodes Scholarship, which is one of the oldest and most revered international fellowships in the world. Students apply for the award and are selected based on outstanding scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and to the common good, as well as potential for leadership in whatever careers they choose. After completing his studies at Stanford next spring, Reza will relocate to Oxford to pursue a DPhil in Oriental Studies.

International scholarships

Stanford students interested in overseas scholarships and Stanford faculty interested in nominating students for such awards should contact Diane Murk, manager of the Overseas Resource Center at, or John Pearson, director emeritus of the Bechtel International Center, at