Yale University Vinay Nayak is seen in an undated photo provided by Nayak.
WASHINGTON — The Rhodes Trust says 32 U.S. men and women have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University next October.
The winners were selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 different colleges and universities. The scholarships, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England.
Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.
The value of the scholarships averages about $50,000 per year.
The American students will join an international group of scholars selected from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. Approximately 80 scholars are selected annually.
The 32 American students chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2014, listed by geographical region:
Jessica Wamala, Milford, N.H., Villanova University
Alexander Joel Diaz, North Bergen, N.J., Harvard University
Elizabeth Hockfield Byrne, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University
Katherine Elida Warren, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Harvard University
Isabel Emma Eggleston Beshar, Rye, N.Y., Yale University
Paolo Poggioni Singer, Bronx, N.Y., Harvard University
Evan Barrett Behrle, Oxford, Penn., University of Virginia
Alexander Gerard Wang, Doylestown, Penn., New York University, Abu Dhabi
Timothy Michael McGinnis, Charlotte, N.C., Princeton University
Charles Samuel Tyson, Chapel Hill, N.C. University of Virginia
Brian Westfall McGrail, Arlington, Va., Williams College
Emma Pierson, Arlington, Va., Stanford University
James O'Connell, Tampa, Fla., Wake Forest University
Lindsay Evans Lee, Oak Ridge, Tenn., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Melissa Loreice McCoy, Dallas, Texas, Georgia Institute of Technology
John Mikhael, Dallas, Texas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adam Mastroianni, Monroeville, Ohio, Princeton University
Courtney Wittekind, Mason, Ohio, Carnegie Mellon University
Vinay Nayak, Oak Brook, Ill., Yale University
Calla Glavin, Birmingham, Mich., United States Military Academy
Drew Alan Birrenkott, McFarland, Wisc., University of Wisconsin
Samuel Martin Greene, Spring Green, Wisc., University of Chicago
Donald Mayfield Brown, Vicksburg, Miss., Mississippi State University
Joshua Allen Aiken, Eugene, Ore., Washington University, St. Louis
Meredith Lukens Wheeler, Fort Collins, Colo., Stanford University
Erin Alexandra Tanith Mauldin, Albuquerque, N.M., United States Military Academy
Suzanna Marie Fritzberg, Lake Forest Park, Wash., Yale University
Andrew Scott Lea, Richland, Wash., Harvard University
Miles William Unterreiner, Santa Barbara, Calif., Stanford University
Clarke Knight, Henderson, Nev., Smith College
Aurora Catherine Griffin, Westlake Village, Calif., Harvard University
Zarko Perovic, San Diego, Calif., University of California, Berkeley
— The Associated Press
First published November 24 2013, 10:48 AM