Stanford University had more students chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2012 than any other American school as 32 winners across the United States were announced.

The winners were selected from 830 candidates and represent 18 schools. Stanford had five winners, and Brown, Harvard and Princeton universities each had four.

One winner who lives in the greater Washington area was Ronan S. Farrow of the District, who was named as a representative jointly from Yale University Law School and Bard College. Farrow is the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen.

Ronan Farrow, a lawyer and human rights activist, is now special adviser to the secretary of state for global youth issues and director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office. He was a child prodigy, becoming the youngest student ever to attend Bar College at Simon’s Rock at the age of 11.

Another winner who now lives in the Washington area is Stephanie Bryson. She entered the competition through her undergraduate program at California State at Long Beach but is now a graduate student in the master of arts in German & European Studies at Georgetown University.

The winners will study at Oxford University in England on scholarships that average about $50,000 a year, and up to as much as $200,000 for students who stay at Oxford for four years.

Schools with other winners were:

Yale University 2 (including Farrow from the law school)

University of Washington — 2

University of Pittsburgh — 1

Wake Forest University — 1

Sewanee: The University of the South — 1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — 1

University of Alabama at Birmingham — 1

Northwestern University — 1

University of Wisconsin at Madison — 1

Bryn Mawr College — 1

University of Kansas — 1

U.S. Air Force Academy — 1

California State at Long Beach — 1

Rhodes Scholarships have over the years now been awarded to 3,250 Americans. For the fourth time since women were allowed to apply starting in 1976, more women than men were chosen, 17 to 15.

Correction: The first version of this post said there was only one Rhodes winner who lived in the Washington area. This was taken from a list of winners on the Rhodes Scholars website that shows only Farrow as living in Washington. Bryson now lives in Washington and attends graduate school at Georgetown University but was listed as coming from California, where she complete undergraduate studies at California State at Long Beach, from where she applied for the Rhodes.


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