When Cecil John Rhodes founded his world-wide Scholarship scheme in 1902, he selected four South African schools as part of that scheme. The schools are St Andrew's College in Grahamstown, Bishops and SACS in Cape Town and Paul Roos in Stellenbosch.
The Rhodes Scholarship generously funds study at Oxford University, where the fees are around £25,000 per year.
One has to be a very strong academic to be selected as a Rhodes Scholar, but the scholarship also has three other sets of criteria:
- leadership and character
- community involvement
- sporting achievement
Any boy or girl who has studied for a minimum of three terms at St Andrew's College is eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship after completing a university degree.
St Andrew's College Rhodes Scholars
1903 C J Gardner
1938 C Bennett
1973 C A Saner
2007 A P K Craig
2013 T Abel
St Andrew's College Rhodes Scholar-elect 2014
St Andrew's College and DSG are delighted to announce that Mr Timothy James Abel has been selected as the St Andrew's College Rhodes Scholar-elect to Oxford University in 2014.
Tim matriculated from St Andrew's College in 2009 with Academic Honours. While at school he was also awarded Music Honours for piano, and was a member of the Chamber Choir, Pipe Band and Chapel Choir. Tim was a debater of considerable skill and was awarded Distinguished Delegate status at the St Andrews International Model United Nations competition in Dublin. He was awarded Provincial and College Colours for Debating, as well as Colours for Service to the Arts at St Andrew's College. He was the Academic Portfolio Prefect as well as a Prefect in Merriman House.
Tim obtained a BA from Rhodes University in 2012 with Academic Honours, and Distinctions in Economics and Instrumental Music Studies. He is currently reading for a BA (Honours) in Economics and is working as a consultant researcher on the 2013 National Arts Festival Economic Impact Report.
He was awarded the Dean of Students Leadership Award in 2013 for his work with the Masincedane Society, of which he is the Chair. He has been involved in this project, which feeds indigent people from Grahamstown, for the past three years. He was previously the Treasurer and has played a significant role in securing the sustainability of the organisation.
He is also a viola player and has performed widely with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, the Rhodes Orchestra and String Quartet.
At Oxford University, Tim will read for an MPhil in Economics. His particular field of study will be development economics with a focus on the issues relating to democracy in low-income, resource rich economies, as well as the effect that increased financialisation of developing economies is having on their economic stability.
Tim is a widely-read and deep-thinking scholar with an impressive intellect. His incisive analytical mind is balanced with exceptional musicality which adds a profoundly empathetic dimension to his understanding of the human condition.
Tim was born in Port Elizabeth and was schooled at St George's Preparatory School before attending St Andrew's College. He is rooted in the Eastern Cape and, given the economic challenges facing this region of South Africa, we look forward to him returning from Oxford University to re-invest his knowledge and passion into the social fabric of South Africa in line with the wishes of Cecil John Rhodes when he set up the Rhodes Scholarship.
Mandela is the patron of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the organisation that administrates the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships. As far as possible the Foundation tries to organise all the Mandela Scholars from across the country each year to meet Mandela. There were 28 of the 2010 Mandela Rhodes scholars that met him at his office in Houghton in May 2010. Seen here is Clive Eley with Mr Mandela.