December 1st, 2015 Last Updated on: December 1st, 2015
Great news out of Canada! Billy-Ray Belcourt, a member of the Driftpile Cree Nation, has become the first Canadian First Nations student to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship!
Rhodes scholarships are awarded to 89 scholars every year, including 11 Canadians, to allow them to complete postgraduate work at the University of Oxford in England. They are awarded on the basis of “exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.”
Belcourt has already shown himself to be a hard worker: he is the president of the Aboriginal Student Council at U of A, sits on various committees at the university, is a poet and published author, and has managed to maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA average.
Now, he’s planning to do his master’s in Women’s Studies and Medical Anthropology, focusing on the health issues facing indigenous people in Canada.
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