BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Thirty-two American students have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University next October. Among them are four students from Harvard.

One of those students, Harvard senior Baltazar Zavala, found out he won in the most unusual way – through a text message.

“I just looked up at my fiancé and said ‘Oh my god,’” explained Zavala after he saw the text message that was waiting for him after Saturday’s football game.

The text read, “Congratulations, you got the Rhodes Scholarship.”

rhodes Harvard Student Finds Out He Won Rhodes Via Text

Baltazar Zavala found out he was a Rhodes Scholar, via text message.

WBZ News Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe spoke to Zavala about the honor.

Fellow senior and Rhodes Scholar, Zachary Frankle, is studying physics and math. He says he wants to use his Oxford education to launch a career in the research of infectious disease and epidemics.

WBZ News Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe talks to Frankle.

Six other people either from Massachusetts or who attend Massachusetts universities were also named Rhodes Scholars.

Princeton University student Mark Jia of Waltham and University of Virginia student Laura Nelson of Westwood are among the 32 winners chosen to enter Oxford University in England next October.

Harvard students Zachary Frankel of New York City; Daniel Lage of Miami; Harvard Medical student Aakash Shah of Cliffside Park, N.J.; and MIT student Jennifer Lai of Honolulu, also earned scholarships.

Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor.

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  1. shotime says:

    Congratulations Baltazar Zavala! But what’s the big deal? I’m sure they’ll all receive a formal letter via snail mail, too. Must be a slow news day.

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