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Three outstanding students named as Rhodes Scholars, in partnership with Al Agil Sons, for Saudi Arabia

This year again, three students from Saudi Arabia have been selected to join the 2022 global class of Rhodes Scholars. Mr. Ahmed Aljohani, Ms. Jood AlThukair and Mr. Mohammed Alghadeer will join a total cohort of over hundred Rhodes Scholars who will travel to Oxford in October next year. 

The Rhodes Scholarships are post-graduate awards supporting outstanding students, to enable two to three years of study, depending on the academic route taken, at the University of Oxford. The Scholarship is not just a financial bursary, it is a life-changing opportunity for exceptional young people with the potential to make a difference for good in the world. Rhodes Scholars are people who have a vision of how the world could be better and the energy to make a difference – whatever their sphere of interest.

The Scholars Elect for Saudi Arabia demonstrated their energy and commitment to making a difference during a rigorous selection process, which included three rounds of reviews before the final virtual interviews of several shortlisted candidates with an international selection committee. 

The first endowed Saudi Arabia Scholarship was established in 2018 and was funded by Muhammad Alagil, with a second endowed scholarship added in 2020, funded by Abdulrahman Alagil Sons. Both donors are co-founders of Jarir Bookstores. This funding was done with encouragement from the Ministry of Education, as Education is one of the core elements of Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s ambitious blueprint for the future. The Rhodes Scholarship for Saudi Arabia will enable students across the Kingdom to fully develop their skills and knowledge in the fields that will help Saudi Arabia achieve its goals under Vision 2030.

Dr Elizabeth Kiss, Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust, said: “Three years ago and thanks to Muhammad Alagil's generous gift, we launched the first Saudi Arabia endowed Scholarship to ensure that more of world’s diversity would be reflected at Rhodes House. It has been a pleasure to meet the exceptional young Scholars from Saudi Arabia selected in these three previous years and witness their enriching contribution to Rhodes House – cultural diversity is a core value of ours and one that we see benefit our cohort of Scholars every day, as they learn from each other in profound ways. I am looking forward to welcoming these three inspirational and energetic young leaders – Ahmed, Jood and Mohammed – to Rhodes House next year.”

The applications for the next round of admission for the Rhodes Scholarship, in partnership with Mr. Muhammad Alagil and Abdulrahman Alagil Sons, for Saudi Arabia will open in June 2022. More information will be found at: www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply

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