Press Release

Common Sense Society Announces Formal Partnership with The Alliance of Rhodes Scholars

October 26, 2023

Two international alumni networks join forces to champion and connect exceptional young leaders and scholars

WASHINGTON, D.C.β€”Common Sense Society (CSS), a leading international educational network, is pleased to announce a formal partnership with The Alliance of Rhodes Scholars.

For 120 years, Rhodes Scholarships have identified and sent to Oxford individuals who, with the benefit of their Oxford experience, have risen to positions of leadership and have often contributed to a better world and advanced scholarships.

Historically, the selectors were guided by four traditional criteria that emphasize excellence and good character, earning high esteem for the Scholarships and inspiring achievement in both recipients and applicants.

The Alliance of Rhodes Scholars seeks to hold selectors to this founding purpose, identifying and cultivating talented young leaders who have shown potential to be leaders in the service of freedom, democracy, and peace.

β€œCommon Sense Society and The Alliance of Rhodes Scholars are equally dedicated to championing excellence in scholarship and protecting freedom of academic inquiry,” said Marion Smith, CSS president and C.E.O. β€œWe are pleased to partner with the Alliance to promote liberty, prosperity, and beauty at Oxford and among the international network of Rhodes scholars.”

β€œThe Rhodes Scholarship has long been considered one of the highest achievements to which a college student could aspire, which is why The Alliance of Rhodes Scholars is dedicated to restoring this historic award to its traditional focus on individual excellence and leadership,” said David Satter, co-chair of the Alliance. β€œWe are pleased that CSS shares this goal and look forward to witnessing the positive results that I’m sure will come from this partnership.”

Common Sense Society (CSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational network with the mission to cultivate citizen competency across the United States and Europe through education and citizen engagement. CSS does not accept funding from governments or political parties.


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