The next qualifying examination for the Rhodes Scholarship will be held next October. On the basis of these examinations the award will probably be made in January, 1910, and the successful candidate from Massachusetts will go into residence in Oxford in October, 1910. The scholarship is for three years, and carries an annual stipend of $300.
President Eliot, as chairman of the committee of selection for Massachusetts, has received a statement from Mr. George R. Parkin, the administrative head of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, in which he explains that students from the United States who have passed the qualifying examinations in Latin and mathematics shall be eligible, even though they may not have passed in Greek. The trustees have taken this step in order to bring the scholarship within the reach of students of marked ability who have not prepared in Greek.
This change does not mean that Oxford University has changed its requirements. All who wish to follow the ordinary curriculum must pass the Responsions in Greek before they can offer themselves for any examination which presupposes Responsions. The Responsions are the first of the three examinations for the Oxford degree. American students who pass the qualifying examinations in Latin, Greek and mathematics will be exempt from Responsions henceforth.
A Responsions examination is held at Oxford towards the end of September in each year. Rhodes scholars, therefore, who have not passed the qualifying examination in Greek should be prepared to come to Oxford in time for this examination. As the election of scholars will probably be completed by the end of December, a scholar will have nine months in which to master the required Greek. This concession is made for exceptional cases, but the trustees hope that candidates will pass in all three subjects so that they can devote their time to subjects more germane to the line of study which they propose to follow.