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DePauw Senior Justin Kolb is Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

December 6, 2001

December 6, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - Justin B. Kolb, a DePauw University senior from Vincennes, Indiana, is one of twelve finalists from the midwest for the Rhodes Scholarship. Kolb will travel to Chicago for a reception on Friday, with interviews on Saturday.

Each of the six states in the midwest region is sending two finalists to Chicago. Four of the twelve will receive Rhodes Scholarships. Justin and a student from Indiana University were selected by the Rhodes Committee to represent Indiana in the finals.

In an e-mail, Justin Kolb reports he is "unwinding and preparing for the interviews ... I'm giddy and exhausted right now, and eager to take the next step."

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected in 1904. The Rhodes Scholar web site states "Intellectual distinction is a necessary TOWER 3but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals."

Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.

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