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Three U of A students named Rhodes scholars – The Gateway

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 2015454 Views

Nov 25, 2015

Billy-Ray Belcourt, Faculty of Arts

Winners of the 2016 Rhodes Scholar-elect class were notified on Sunday evening, but Billy-Ray Belcourt missed the ever so important phone call.

Belcourt was on a flight back to Edmonton from Regina, where the final interviews by the selection committee for the Rhodes scholarship took place. When Belcourt landed at the Edmonton International Airport, he received a Facebook message from Carley-Jane Stanton, a fellow University of Alberta student, who he had met in Regina, that they were both recipients of the prestigious academic award.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Belcourt said on Monday, as he recalled the moment he was told he was a Rhodes Scholar. “I started freaking out a bit. I cried for a bit, then celebrated.”

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