de Chastelain is one of 11 Canadian students selected for the prestigious scholarship, valued at over $100,000 from England’s University of Oxford.
A resident of Georgetown, ON, de Chastelain is the 11th Mount Allison student in the past 13 years to receive the award.
“I am honoured and very thankful for all the people who supported me to help me get here,” says de Chastelain
de Chastelain has focused largely on Aboriginal studies during her time at Mount Allison and plans to continue her studies in politics and governance at Oxford. She received research grants for various projects over the past two summers at Mount Allison. In 2013 she travelled to the Northwest Territories where she participated in a field school, living with a community of Dene elders.
Academics have also played a role in de Chastelain’s interests and activities outside the classroom. She served as vice-president, academic for the Students’ Union in her third year and currently works as an intern with Mount Allison’s Purdy Crawford Teaching Centre through academic support services. She is also an intern with the University’s Centre for Canadian Studies.
de Chastelain is involved in Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization, and will be heading to Honduras this February with the Mount Allison chapter. A member of the choral society and highland dance, de Chastelain is also the recipient of a Bell Scholarship, one of Mount Allison’s most prestigious entrance awards, valued at $48,000 over four years.