The 32 winners of the scholarship were announced Sunday.
Zac Miller already knows what he'll do with his experience as a Rhodes Scholar: whatever the Army tells him.
The 21-year-old graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point said if he hadn't received the scholarship to Oxford University in England, he would have gone to Italy with a quick- reaction force.
"One of the unfortunate things ... is you don't get to chose, you go to the needs of the Army," said Miller, from Stonesboro, Pa.
On Sunday, Miller was one of 32 American students announced to receive the prestigious scholarships.
The Rhodes scholarship, created in 1902 from the will of British philanthropist and colonialist Cecil Rhodes, is the oldest international study award available to American scholars.
Winners this year were chosen from 925 applicants endorsed by 319 colleges and universities; Harvard University led with five recipients.
Two Oklahomans were among the applicants: Kevin Mills of Shawnee and Jeremy Marzuola of Ponca City. 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 winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.
Miller, one of three chosen from West Point, said he is looking forward to a two-year break from military life and will study politics, philosophy and economics. He will also use 28 weeks of leave from studies to travel through Africa and Asia.
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.
U.S. Rhodes Scholars
The 32 American students chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2002, listed by district:
Sanjay Basu, Lisle, Ill., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robert R. Porter, Belmont, Mass., Harvard University
Megan S. Steven, Chatham, N.Y., Dartmouth College
Rachel Walshe, Warwick, R.I., University of Rhode Island
David A. Kovara, Flemington, N.J., University of Delaware
Grace Yu, Kanagawa, Japan, Syracuse University
Zachariah R. Miller, Stoneboro, Pa., U.S. Military Academy
Shayna L. Strom, Penn Valley, Pa., Yale University
Oeindrila Dube, Washington, D.C., Stanford University
Emelia M. Spencer, Rockville, Md., U.S. Naval Academy
Alexis R. Blane, Charlotte, N.C., Duke University
Samuel W. Malone, Zebulon, N.C., Duke University
Rhett Martin, Atkins, Ark., University of Central Arkansas
P. Kamar Cheruvu, Tampa, Fla., Duke University
William B. Roper Jr., Rutledge, Ga., Georgia Institute of Technology
Robert J. Smith, Stone Moun tain, Ga., U.S. Military Academy
Andrew Park, Wheeling, Ill., Harvard University
Erica J. Watson, Henry, Ill., U.S. Military Academy
Anne Kafoure, Westerville, Ohio, Miami University
Zachary S. Morris, Rockford, Ill., Ripon College
Neil R. Brown, Saint Charles, Iowa, Harvard University
Katharine T. Buzicky, St. Paul, Minn., Princeton University
Christopher Elders, Kansas City, Mo., Morehouse College
Stephen E. Sachs, Clayton, Mo., Harvard University
Albert H. Cho, Tempe, Ariz., Harvard University
Mindy C. Hebert, New Iberia, La., Carnegie Mellon University
Kendra M. Young, Bigfork, Mont., Grinnell College
John C. Probasco, Rio Rancho, N.M., University of New Mexico
Lillian B. Pierce, Fallbrook, Calif., Princeton University
Sunita Puri, Los Angeles, Yale University
Nico I. Slate, Newberry Springs, Calif., Stanford University
Elizabeth Angell, Bainbridge Island, Wash., University of Washington