The University of Windsor's First Rhodes Scholar says "He would never have won the opportunity if he had studied anywhere else."
"The smaller classes, the hands-on approach of the professors, and the chance to do research while still an undergraduate - I wouldn't have those on a bigger campus," says Josh Chauvin, a double major in philosophy and psychology named recently as one of 11 Canadians headed to England next year for graduate work at the University of Oxford.
The oldest and one fo the most prestigious international scholarship programs in the world, the Rhodes Scholarship provides two or more years of fully funded education at the University of Oxford, along with a living allowance and transportation to and from the scholar's place of residence.
Eleven Canadians are selected each year to join a class of 84 scholars from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Swaziland, India, Bermuda, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Jamaica, Germany, Pakistan, and Hong Kong.
Astrid Guttman, secretary of the Ontario Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, called Chauvin "an outstanding student and leader. He is a passionate advocate for decreasing stigma in our society and has shown leadership in the founding of Student Filmmakers as Social Advocates," she said. "We are delighted that he will have the opportunity to study at Oxford as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar."
Canadian Rhodes alumni include the late University of Windsor President J. Francis Leddy.