The Rhodes Scholarships were established in 1903 to provide funds for international students from the English speaking world to attend Oxford University. This intensely competitive scholarship was the dream of Cecil J. Rhodes, British ex-patriot and South African empire-builder.
The offices for the College's facilities management and security departments are housed in the former Bath Street Primary School, acquired from the town of Brunswick in 1946. The building was renamed Rhodes Hall after three of the elementary school's students who later received Rhodes scholarships. Two, Robert P.T. Coffin and Edward B. Ham, were also Bowdoin graduates; the third was Brunswick native Allen S. Johnson.
These twenty Bowdoin graduates, including Roger Howell, the tenth President of the College, have received Rhodes Scholarships. The list is arranged chronologically.
David R. Porter (Bowdoin 1906), Religious educator.
Robert Hale (Bowdoin 1910), Lawyer and Congressman from Maine.
Edward E. Kern (Bowdoin 1911), Private secretary.
Laurence A. Crosby (Bowdoin 1913), Lawyer and business executive.
Robert P.T. Coffin (Bowdoin 1915), Poet and Bowdoin professor.
Neal Tutle (Bowdoin 1914), School athletic director.
Philip D. Crockett (Bowdoin 1920), Business executive.
Alexander Thomson (Bowdoin 1921), Educator.
Edward B. Ham (Bowdoin 1922), Educator.
Lawrence B. Leighton (Bowdoin 1925), Educator.
Dana M. Swan (Bowdoin 1929), Lawyer.
James P. Pettegrove (Bowdoin 1930), Educator.
Richard L. Chittim (Bowdoin 1941), Bowdoin professor.
Richard A. Wiley (Bowdoin 1949), Lawyer.
Roger Howell, Jr. (Bowdoin 1958), Bowdoin president
Thomas H. Allen (Bowdoin 1967), Lawyer and Congressman from Maine.
Dennis J. Hutchinson (Bowdoin 1969), Lawyer and educator.
Bruce E. Cain (Bowdoin 1970), Educator.
Thomas E. Carbonneau (Bowdoin 1972), Lawyer.
R. Lewis McHenry (Bowdoin 1977), Lawyer
Frances L. Kellner (Bowdoin 1982), Lawyer
William J. Oppenheim III (Bowdoin 2009)