Congratulations! First Nations Student Wins Rhodes Scholarship!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown 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.

Very inspiring!

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Young blessed man! The sky is the limit.Congratulations!


congrats.. pride and inspiration for all canadians but especialty our native canadians. good on you buddy

Sue Hutchings


elisa zaleski-grissett

Congratulations, young man! Well done.

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