Housing authority offers support for Rhodes scholar

Rose Willigar
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PARRSBORO - One can only imagine the feeling of accomplishment 21-year-old Jake Yorke must have as he is about to embark on a life changing experience.

PARRSBORO - One can only imagine the feeling of accomplishment 21-year-old Jake Yorke must have as he is about to embark on a life changing experience.

The Rhodes scholar received $1,600 from Association of Nova Scotia Housing Authority (ANSHA) President Nancy McLelan on March 15 in Parrsboro.

ANSHA no longer exists and the organization had funds left, therefore Cobequid Housing Authority decided to take the funds and provide deserving students with an allocated amount of the leftover funds, McLelan said.

The students were chosen by an independent judge who was a former university president. Jakes name kept coming up on top, he is an amazing person and very well deserving of the funds.

Yorke received $500 from Cobequid Housing when he graduated in 2004, $1,500 in 2006, and this final presentation of $1,600, which he can spend at his own discretion.

Graduating as Parrsboro Regional Highs valedictorian in 2004, and being on the first tier of the deans list at Mount Saint Vincent University for the past four years, is quite an accomplishment in itself.

Yorke is on his way to Oxford University in England in September after receiving a Rhodes Scholarship from Oxford University.

As the first Rhodes Scholar ever to come from Mount Saint Vincent University Yorke will graduate from undergraduate studies this spring and leave for England in the fall to study for his doctorate at Oxford University.

The scholarship provides full funding for two years of study at the prestigious school with the possibility for a third year of funding.

First presented in 1902 by Cecil Rhodes there are only 200 of these awards presented each year worldwide with eleven of the Rhodes scholarships awarded in Canada this year.



Organizations: Association of Nova Scotia Housing Authority, Oxford University, Mount Saint Vincent University Cobequid Housing Authority

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, England, Canada

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