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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

Many individuals contributed to this volume. We would like to thank them all: First, we are grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation for inviting us and our colleagues to their Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, to address the issue of “Strengthening Nationally and Internationally Competitive Scholarships.” A number of practitioners and scholars helped...

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1. Strengthening Nationally and Internationally Competitive Scholarships: An Overview

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pp. 1-31

In choosing the talented and promising, the stakes are high and the outcomes matter. Moreover, the concerned communities are many: those who award these scholarships, those who seek them, and those advising candidates and universities on “improving their odds.” At stake also are the goals of the funders—foundations and governments—and the many individuals...

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2. WICS: A Model for Selecting Students for Nationally Competitive Scholarships

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pp. 32-61

Two students apply for an internationally known, highly prestigious graduate fellowship. One student has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and has devised a new piece of software that already is being used in industry, but she has shown no leadership skills of distinction. The other student is a good but not great student academically who has not yet...

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3. Art and Science in Strengthening Scholarship Selection

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pp. 62-103

Most major national fellowship programs can make a prima facie case for having excellent selection processes because they choose quite extraordinary fellows. It is almost impossible not to be impressed by the caliber of each new crop of Rhodes, Marshall, Soros, Truman, Watson, or Woodrow Wilson scholars. A program that offers very prestigious and financially generous awards under...

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4. The Evaluation of Scholarship Programs

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pp. 104-126

It is estimated that six thousand nationally competitive scholarships are available to Americans annually and that a conservative estimate would bring their annual direct expenditure to over 400 million dollars. Yet fellowship programs and their awardees remain vastly understudied topics, both from the perspective of scholarly research and from an evaluative point of...

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5. Pathways to Prominence: Explaining Contours of Career Hierarchy of American Rhodes Scholars

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pp. 127-148

Winners of the U.S. Rhodes Scholarship competition are chosen as potential national leaders and are very likely to join American professional elites. For example, current and former positions held by the thirty-two members of the Rhodes Class of 1968 include a president of the United States; cabinet and subcabinet secretaries; federal judges; elected state and...

Appendix 1. Opportunities for Competitive Scholarships: Objective and Brief Descriptions of Selected Nationally and Internationally Competitive Fellowship Programs

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pp. 149-184

Appendix 2. Bellagio Conference Participants: Rockefeller Study and Conference Center Villa Serbelloni

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pp. 185-186

Contributors

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pp. 187-188

Index

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pp. 189-195