Education: Reunion of a Scholarly Elite

An 80-year search for "courage and instincts to lead

It is still the world's most prestigious scholarship, despite its echoes of Britain's colonial past. Last week 800 Rhodes scholars—named after the colonialist and entrepreneur Cecil John Rhodes—convened at Oxford University to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the trust that administers the fund. Among those present was Staff Writer Kenneth W. Banta, who was there as both observer and participant. Banta is one of six Rhodes scholars on TIME. His report:

Oxford has welcomed the steady stream of bright and often brash young scholars for...

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