Aliyah KingUWindsor alumna Aliyah King was a national finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Rhodes finalist grateful for encouragement

Being a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship was a great honour, says UWindsor alumna Aliyah King (BA 2022).

Now studying medicine at the University of Ottawa, she applied for the award, which brings together candidates from around the world to the University of Oxford, and was interviewed as a finalist to represent Canada.

“I felt and continue to feel immense gratitude for all of the people and experiences that have contributed to my story,” King says.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the University of Windsor, my mentors, my family, and my friends for believing in me, encouraging me to explore the world’s possibilities, and being a consistent part of my development.”

One of those mentors was Simon du Toit, who recalls King as a very talented student.

“She was a standout and made a great contribution while a student here in Windsor,” he says.

Tim Brunet, co-ordinator of the Outstanding Scholars program, notes that it has consistently produced high-achieving graduates. He has offered King as an example for current students to emulate: “We are delighted to see an Outstanding Scholar alum be recognized at the national level for their accomplishments.”

For her part, King encourages other students to have the confidence necessary to pursue their dreams.

“Don’t allow the first ‘no’ you hear to come from yourself,” she says. “Listen to the ideas in your mind that spark conviction in your heart to make a beneficial change in the world — and go after them.”

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