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Rhodes College Sets New Priority Deadline for Competitive Merit-Based Scholarships, Texas Residents Welcome to Apply

(Memphis, Tenn.)—The busy school year is about to begin, and many high school seniors entering the college admission cycle are thinking about how they or their families are going to afford a college education.

Merit scholarships based on high academic achievement, service, artistic merit, or leadership can lower college costs.

Rhodes College, a nationally ranked liberal arts and sciences college, offers generous merit-based awards and now will feature a priority deadline of Dec. 1 for the following competitive scholarships for first-year students entering the college in fall 2023:

  • Cambridge Scholarship: $36,000 per year
  • Dean’s Scholarship: $33,000 per year
  • Presidential Scholarship: $32,000 per year
  • Ralph C. Hon Scholarship: $30,000 per year
  • Diehl Scholarship: $27,000 per year

Regardless of the application plan (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, Early Action, Regular Decision) students will be considered for these merit-based awards by submitting the Common App by the Dec. 1 priority deadline. An applicant’s high school record, test scores (if submitted), essay, recommendation letters, special talents, and extracurricular activities will be reviewed to determine eligibility. As a reminder, Rhodes is test optional, and there is no application fee.

Although consideration for the scholarships will be given to applications received by Dec. 1, applications received after the deadline may still be considered for other merit awards as well as a limited number of the scholarships named above.

“These special scholarships represent our commitment to access and affordability for families from all socio-economic backgrounds,” says Gil Villanueva, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid at Rhodes College. “Over a four-year period, a Cambridge Scholarship is worth more than $140,000. By having this deadline, students, families, and counselors now have only one date to remember for these merit-based awards when they think of Rhodes.”

Because of Rhodes’ unique position as one of the few liberal arts colleges in an urban setting, its more than 2,000 students have myriad ways to immerse themselves in a major metropolitan area through service and internship opportunities, while also exploring the world through study abroad.  The college’s rigorous academic program also integrates high-impact experiences such as faculty-mentored student research and fellowships. Rhodes attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, representing 45 states (plus D.C.) and 63 countries.

Currently, approximately 90 percent of Rhodes students receive some form of federal, state, institutional, or outside financial assistance.


Founded in 1848, Rhodes College in the last two years has garnered accolades from The Princeton Review for value, internships, community service, and campus beauty; U.S. News & World Report for best undergraduate teaching; Money magazine for offering high value; Billboard magazine for its music business program; Niche for liberal arts; Fiske Guide to Colleges for strong programs in economics, English, international studies, history, chemistry, business, biology, and psychology; Stacker as a best college in a big city; Forbes magazine as a top college in the country; and the Fulbright Program as a top producer of U.S. scholars and students studying and working abroad.


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