Two Stanford students named 2013 Rhodes Scholars

A Stanford senior and a 2012 graduate now studying for a master's degree at Stanford have been named 2013 Rhodes Scholars by the Rhodes Trust.

They are among the 32 new Rhodes Scholars from the United States.

The Rhodes Scholarships, which are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world, provide full financial support for students to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in England.

The two Stanford students are:

Margaret C. Hayden, of Brunswick, Maine, a senior at Stanford, where she is majoring in human biology and ethics in society. Hayden's honors thesis is on the ethical implications of biological conceptions of mental illness. She has published two papers, served as a patient advocate, and explores the medical, sociological, political and moral contexts of mental illness. Hayden also is a varsity squash player and a varsity sailor. At Oxford, she plans to pursue a master's degree in medical anthropology.

Rachel R. Kolb, of Los Ranchos, N.M., earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in human biology from Stanford in 2012. Kolb is now studying for a master's degree in English at Stanford. Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, she is managing editor of the Leland Quarterly, a campus literary magazine, and an opinion columnist for The Stanford Daily. She has been active with Christian ministries and in disability advocacy. Kolb has won numerous prizes for her writing. She was president of the Stanford equestrian team and represented the university in the national finals. At Oxford, she plans to pursue a master's degree in contemporary literature.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements as well as their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever careers they choose.

Profiles of Hayden and Kolb will be published in a future Stanford Report. International Rhodes scholars are expected to be announced later this month.