The Saudi Ministry of Education has collaborated with Rhodes Trust to produce a new scholarship for Saudi Arabia. Muhammad Alagil, co-founder of Jarir Bookstores, will provide funding for the annual Rhodes Scholarship for Saudi students.
Since its establishment at Oxford University in 1903, the Rhodes Trust has selected creative young leaders with a commitment to serving others. Over the past century, the Rhodes Trust has brought together many extraordinary people who share a history of enriching their communities, prospering in their chosen fields, and applying the knowledge and experience acquired as Scholars to the improvement of society. The financing of the first Rhodes Scholarship in 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 educational development goals under Vision 2030. These include personality development, instilling new skills, improving confidence, and promoting creativeness.
Charles Conn, CEO of the Rhodes Trust, was very happy to announce another scholarship to add to “the diverse annual cohort of courageous young leaders.” Conn’s mission in producing this addition was to “find those exceptional Saudi students a platform to explore their full potential as they prepare to make an impact on the world. The introduction of this scholarship comes at a time when the Kingdom is at the forefront of major economic and social transformations in line with Vision 2030.” Conn looks forward look forward to welcoming the new scholar in October 2019 and witnessing the added diversity to the community.
This scholarship in Saudi Arabia further strengthens the Rhodes Trust’s international community and widens the geographic scope of the Rhodes Scholarship recipients at Oxford. Other countries that have been presented with the scholarship include China, East and West Africa, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine, in addition to reinstatements of the scholarship to Malaysia and Singapore. This increases the number of Rhodes Scholars studying at the University of Oxford at any one time from 100 to approximately 250.
Alagil feels fortunate to have received an education and opportunities from his country and expressed that “endowing a Rhodes Scholarship to Saudi post-graduate students is a small gesture of paying back to my fellow citizens.” Dr. Jasir Alherbish, the Saudi Ministry of Education’s deputy for scholarships affairs, is “excited about [collaborating] with the Rhodes Trust and so keen about opening new horizons for…bright youngsters. It is yet one more excellent venue to be added to the Saudi distinguished scholarships.”
Saudi youth between the ages of 19 and 25 will be eligible for the scholarship when annual applications open later in 2018. Detailed eligibility criteria will be formalized soon at www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply.