On November 19, 2011, the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2012 was elected with 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. A Udall Scholar is among the 2012 Rhodes Scholars class. Congratulations to Ishan Nath (Udall '11)!

The scholar class begins study at the University of Oxford in England in October 2012. The Rhodes Scholars were selected from a pool of 830 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities.

2011 Udall Scholar, Ishan Nath, Stanford University

Ishan Nath, from Atlanta, Ga., is a senior at Stanford where he will receive bachelors' degrees in economics and earth systems, and a minor in mathematics. Nath has interned at the Office of Economic Policy at the White House and served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy. His senior thesis relates to clean energy and a national cap-and-trade emissions trading system. To pursue his interests in energy, economic policy, and international development, he will do the M.Sc. in economics for development at Oxford. Nath hopes eventually to earn a Ph.D. in economics and contribute to policymaking domestically and abroad. A Truman Scholar and Udall Scholar, he has written editorials for the Stanford Daily, been a political columnist, and runs marathons.

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. First, candidates must be endorsed by their college or university. Committees of Selection then invite the strongest applicants to appear before them for interview. Scholars are chosen on the basis of the criteria set down in the Will of Cecil Rhodes. These criteria are high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor. These basic characteristics are directed at fulfilling Mr. Rhodes's hopes that the Rhodes Scholars would make an effective and positive contribution throughout the world.

The 32 Rhodes Scholars chosen from the United States will join an international group of Scholars chosen from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. In addition to the 32 Americans, Scholars are also selected from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the nations of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (South Africa, plus Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Approximately 80 Scholars are selected worldwide each year.

For additional information on the Rhodes Scholarship, please visit http://www.rhodesscholar.org.