Two students, one from UC Berkeley and another from Stanford, make the list

Two Bay Area students – one from Stanford University and one from the University of California, Berkeley – are among 32 selected as the 2022 Rhodes Scholars, receiving the prestigious Postgraduate Award to continue their studies at Oxford University, England.

“For the second year, an almost entirely class of Rhodes Scholars has been elected, with both candidates and shortlists participating remotely, securely, and independently,” Elliot Gerson, US Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, said in a press release Saturday. “Despite the success of the process, we of course hope to return to interviews and selection next year in cities across the country, as has been done for more than a century.”

Saih Kohani, a Stanford graduate and recent UC Berkeley alumnus Varsha Sarveshwar is among a group of 32 recipients, including a record number of 22 women, the most elected in a year ever. This year, more than 2,300 students went through the application process and the winners represent 24 different colleges and universities.

Selection committees from 16 regions interviewed the finalists before selecting two students from each region. Rhodes Scholars will start at Oxford in October, and the scholarship will cover all university and college fees. The average scholarship award is about $75,000 per year, with up to $250,000 for Rhodes Scholars who reside at Oxford for four years.

Since the establishment of the Rhodes Scholarships, 3,578 Americans have won, representing 327 universities and colleges. Since women have been able to apply since 1976, 627 have won the scholarship.

Kohani, from San Diego, is a bioengineer with a minor in public policy and aspires to become a physician and scientist.

“One of the very special things about Rhodes is the opportunity to meet peers from all over the world with a wide variety of interests,” she said in a Stanford University press release.

Farsha, from Sacramento, graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a BA in Political Science and minors in Public Policy and History in Spring 2020. Farsha was a John Gardner Public Service Fellow and hoped to “work on education equality issues in the office of a local administrator.” or elected government.

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