Long Valley’s Nicholas Hayes Was Named As Rhodes Scholar

Long Valley, NJ – A Long Valley resident studying at the University of Alabama was the only person from New Jersey recently selected from among 32 American students for the coveted Rhodes Scholar program.

Nicholas Hayes, a senior specialist in applied mathematics and German at the University of Alabama, plans to major and earn a Master of Science at Oxford in Mathematical Sciences and a Master of Studies in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics.

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While studying at the University of Alabama, Hayes took an intensive course in Swahili language and culture, having additionally been awarded the Boren Scholarship to study abroad in Tanzania.

In his junior year at the University of Alabama, Hayes—an ultramarathoner—was selected to be the school’s “Outstanding Freshman” for his commitment to “grant, leadership, and service.”

Among his accolades, Hayes has edited a university science journal, trained at NOAA in fisheries sciences, and published poetry and published in academic journals in politics and biology, according to a biography from The Rhodes Trust.

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, which ranks first in the world in some global rankings.

The average total scholarship value is $75,000 per year, and may be up to $250,000 for scholars who have been at Oxford for four years in certain departments.

There is a two-stage process in which Rhodes Scholars are selected.

First, applicants must be accredited by their college or university. This year more than 2,300 students began the application process, with 826 being accredited by 247 different colleges and universities.

Then selection committees in each of the 16 US counties invite the strongest applicants to appear for an interview. Each region met at least 14 finalists.

The 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from the United States will join an international group of scholars selected from 23 other jurisdictions, who have come from more than 60 countries.

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