In 1902, Cecil John Rhodes, an alumnus of Oxford University, through his will and subsequent death created a fund to support the Rhodes Scholarship. He was the founder of DeBeers Diamond Company and his enormous wealth was partially bequeathed to one deserving student each year, who was then able to attend Oxford. These awards began in 1904 and have continued through today. It is an international competition with applicants residing around the globe.
Scholarships are granted to an individual based upon his/her commitment to education, academic achievement and strength of character. Initially these scholarships were awarded to unmarried males from British Empire, the United States or South Africa. The inclusion of South Africa may have been a result of some degree of guilt on the part of Cecil John Rhodes. The guilt may have arisen due to the many years of exploitation of South African diamonds. Yet, Rhodes envisioned world peace and hoped that the scholarships offered to students of the various countries would somehow play a role in his vision.
In more recent times, the scholarships are being awarded to women, as well as men, and to a scholar from any country in the world. The restrictions were lifted and awards are now based solely on student achievement and character. The scholarship must be used to further a student's education through the pursuit of an advanced degree or an approved second undergraduate degree at Oxford University.
When a Rhodes Scholar begins the job search, there is usually one available to his/her liking. Rhodes scholars are on a par with Fulbright scholars, Kennedy Foundation scholars and others. Most Rhodes graduates go into the fields of law, medicine, politics, scientific research and professorships acquired at more prestigious colleges and universities.
Rhodes scholars tend to write their own ticket in whatever area they pursue and generally obtain full recognition in that field. Some graduates go into military service or some aspect of public service. There have been over 7000 Rhodes scholars since the inception of the Trust. Currently, 4000 are still among the living.
In reality, the Rhodes Scholarship, like so much else, is part of the power elite's tools to move the world toward one-world governance. Here is the truth about Rhodes and his scholarship from new world order researcher Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.:
"Cecil John Rhodes organized a secret society to take control of the world. His mentor at Oxford University was John Ruskin. Ruskin has a swastika engraved on his gravestone, just as Rhodes Trust member Rudyard Kipling has on the covers of his early books. Prior to Adolph Hitler, the swastika, which reportedly also has been seen at the S&B vault at Yale University, was an elitist symbol. In an apparent contradiction, John Ruskin referred to himself as a Tory and a Communist. However, one must realize that the elite have no qualms about working with both the political left and the political right, with an ultimate goal of synthesizing them into a world socialist government.
"As far as Rhodes was concerned, his plan would be carried out via Rhodes Scholars and Round Table Groups, which grew out of his secret Society of the Elect. Rhodes' secret society lasted almost six decades, by which time enough of his people had penetrated the areas of politics, economics, journalism, and education so that his 'conspiracy' was replaced by a network of the power elite."