Neria Aylward, SHAD Fellow 2012, and Maike van Niekerk, SHAD Fellow 2012, have been named Rhodes Scholars for 2017.
Now counting 32 Rhodes Scholars among the SHAD Fellow community, this is the sixth consecutive year that a SHAD Fellow has received this notable and highly prestigious international graduate scholarship.
Unsurprisingly, these women have a large repertoire of accomplishments.
Aylward passionately studied Inuit political activism in response to the international seal hunt controversy, undertaking field work in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She also ventured to Geneva, Switzerland to intern in the Humanitarian Mediation Programme at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.
Aylward says her time at SHAD contributed to her success: "SHAD certainly did play an important role in helping me get to where I am today. I was a SHAD in grade 10, and it was the first time that I met so many people my age who were inspired to achieve things (and who had already achieved things!) that many would consider beyond their years. SHAD truly widened my horizons, expanding my own idea of what I could achieve as a young person. Moreover, I made friends that have stayed my friends today. "
van Niekerk is a Schulich Leader studying oncology-focused nursing while conducting research exploring the relationship between historical traumas, psychological distress and cancer diagnoses among Indigenous peoples in Canada. Being fueled by her personal connection to oncology, she developed a charitable program, Katrin’s Karepackage, which has raised over $110,000 CAD to offset travel costs for cancer patients living in rural communities.
Congratulations to both of our SHAD Fellows. We are eager to see the rest of their accomplishments unfold while at Oxford.