Four criteria that determine a student's eligibility for a Rhodes scholarship include literary and scholastic achievements, a demonstration of full use of talents, moral character and the possession of certain virtues. Practical qualifications include citizenship or lawful resident status, right academic advancement and the correct age range.
Among the virtues the candidate should display include truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy and fellowship, and part of a moral character includes an instinct for leadership. The judge of the candidate often looks to participation in sports for evidence of the candidate's prolific use of personal talents.
For practical qualifications, right academic advancement includes the candidate being on track to complete a bachelor's degree before October 1 of the following year. The approved age range is from 18 to 23 years of age, and the candidate needs to have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least the past five years.
Additional requirements mandate that the candidate have an endorsement from the prior college or university of study, five to eight letters of recommendations (with four coming from teachers from the candidate's college or university), a list of activities in which the candidate takes part, a written personal statement and certified transcripts.