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2 NCAA student-athletes named 2018 Rhodes Scholars

College athletes from Harvard and Yale among 32 recipients of award

One former and one current NCAA student-athlete are among 32 American students selected as Rhodes Scholars, receiving what is considered the most elite award and scholarship for international study.

Rhodes Scholars receive a fully funded opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England for at least two years. Each scholarship is valued at $68,000 per year.

The two student-athletes receiving the award are:

  • JaVaughn “JT” Flowers, a graduate of Yale with a bachelor’s in political science. While at Yale, he played basketball for the Bulldogs and worked with A Leg Even, an organization dedicated to helping first generation and low-income college students with academic and social aid. Flowers will study comparative social policy during his time at Oxford.
  • Harold Xavier Gonzalez, a senior at Harvard, majoring in mathematics.  He is a four-year tennis player, peer advisor and homeless shelter volunteer. Gonzalez took courses on Shakespeare at Cambridge University, and presented his research at the Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference. He wants to promote public interest in math and will pursue a master’s in mathematics at Oxford.

Rhodes Scholars are selected based on criteria established by the will of 19th century businessman Cecil Rhodes: outstanding scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and to the common good, and potential for leadership in their chosen career field.

 A total of 100 Rhodes Scholars receive the award each year, including 32 from the United States. These 32 students will begin their studies at Oxford in October 2018 and were selected Saturday from a pool of 866 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities.

For more information about the 2018 Rhodes Scholars, click here.