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Three Harvard seniors have won Rhodes Scholarships for two or three years of study at Oxford University.

Michael A. Ponsor '68-4 of Eliot House and Minneapolis, Minn., Paul F. Saba '69 of Eliot House and Brockton, and Barth D. Schwartz '69 of Adams House and Dayton, Ohio are among the 32 national winners of the award.

Ponsor, an English major, will study medieval English literature at Oxford. He taugh English last year in Kenya with the PBH Volunteer Teachers for Africa Program. As a sophomore, he worked in a high school education project in Brighton and is a research assistant in the English Department.

Saba is a Classics major who is translating Eupripides' Orestes. He was campaign manager for the newly elected state representative from Brockton. A punter on the Varsity Football team for the last two years, Saba also played freshman and JV baseball.

Schwartz, a Social Studies major, has been chairman of the Adams House Art and Library Committees. With painting and collage exhibits he has twice won first place honors at the Leverett House Arts Festival.

All three intend to go to law school after two years at Oxford.

Harvard's total of three winners for this year follows its up and down pattern in the Rhodes competition--winning ten, zero, and six awards for the last three years.

Eugene Kinasewich '64, assistant dean of the College, said the pattern was co-incidental, but he feels that this year's class, which won only half as many Rhodes, "is academically stronger than last year's."

Yale received four awards this year, while Princeton tied Harvard with three.

Harvard endorsed 79 undergraduates and 15 graduate students for the competition. Through 30 minute interviews, two finalists are selected from each state and then four winners are chosen from each of the eight geographic regions.

Under a grant set down by Cecil Rhodes in 1903, 32 unmarried students between the ages of 18 and 24 are awarded $2800 a year for two or three years' study in their own field at Oxford.

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