State names finalists for Rhodes Scholarship

Thursday, December 6th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma has named the two students who will represent the state this weekend in the Rhodes Scholarship competition.

Kevin Mills of Shawnee and Jeremy Marzuola of Ponca City were selected by a committee as Rhodes Scholar candidates.

Mills, a senior at Cornell University, is pursuing majors in film and history. Marzuola, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, is pursuing a major in professional mathematics with a minor in physics.

The scholarships, valued at $28,000 a year, are the oldest of the international study awards available to American students and among the most coveted.

Candidates are chosen based on criteria set by British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. The criteria are: high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor.

OU has had 26 Rhodes scholars, ranking it in the top five of public universities in the number of Rhodes scholars.

Mills and Marzuola will travel to Minnesota for finals competition. Winners will be announced Saturday.