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t is one of most prestigious aca-
demic scholarships in the world.
One hundred thousand dollars
and admission to the second-oldest
surviving university in the world
-- the University of Oxford. Th e
opportunity to study with some of the
world's best and brightest students and be
immersed in a rich history and culture of
excellence. Th e Rhodes Scholarship has been
a milestone in many careers and this year
Mount Allison was awarded its 50th.
Mount Allison has more Rhodes Scholars
per capita than any other university in Can-
ada. nine students in the past 11 years alone
have received the award. Th is is an extraor-
dinary accomplishment, considering only
11 Canadians are chosen each year to join a
class of 84 students from around the world.
Why is Mount Allison an excellent spring-
board to the Rhodes?
"Th e Rhodes Scholarship aligns well with the
type of students that we attract," says Univer-
sity President and vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert
Campbell. "We have dozens of students each
year who match the Rhodes' standards and
expectations. Th ey are academically profi -
cient, healthy and active, highly engaged, and
looking for challenging experiences."
Mount Allison's past four Rhodes Schol-
ars, dating back to 2007, have been women
who graduated from the international re-
lations program -- Dara MacDonald
(2007), Susan Humphrey (2010), Kelly
O' Connor (2011), and Rebecca Anne Dixon
(2012). It was not until 1977, just 35 years
ago, that the nomination of women was
approved for the award. Since then, nine of
Mount Allison's 13 Rhodes Scholars have
been female, starting with Sarah (Maybee)
Crowe in 1981.
"It was very exciting and a bit scary to win
the Rhodes," says Crowe. "It certainly was
a turning point in my life and opened up
a huge horizon for me that I never would
have dreamed of otherwise."
Crowe is now an ophthalmologist in
Sydney, new South Wales, where she lives
with her husband Phil, an Australian
Rhodes Scholar, and their four children,
Alex, Murray, Dexter, and vivienne.
Aft er completing her MPhil in Devel-
opment Studies at Oxford in July 2010,
Mount Allison's 47th Rhodes Scholar,
Dara MacDonald, moved to Ayacucho,
Peru to work for a year. Ayacucho was
the research site for her thesis on second-
ary school dropout in rural indigenous
communities.
Th is past September she began her Mas-
ter of Public Administration at Columbia
University's School of International and
Public Aff airs in new York. Currently in
her second semester of a two-year program,
she is interning part-time with the Americas
Division of Human Rights Watch.
by Melissa Lombard
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Rebecca Anne Dixon ('12)