Jaspreet Kaur Khangura: Sikh-Canadian Named 2010 Rhodes Scholar NEWS REPORTS A Sikh-Canadian student at the University of British Columbia ("U.B.C."), currently studying medicine, has been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. The $150,000 scholarship will enable Jaspreet Kaur Khangura to focus her studies on international health issues. Only 11 scholars are named annually across Canada. Jaspreet Kaur has been heavily engaged in volunteerism, student leadership, and peer support, including UBC's Sci Team student development program. The $150,000 award includes tuition, college fees, and a stipend covering living expenses for two and possibly three years of study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Jaspreet, a student in her senior year of UBC's Doctor of Medicine program, plans to pursue the MSc in Global Health at Oxford to prepare for a career in health care. Her keen interest in social justice issues has inspired her to remain committed to volunteer work and community development projects both locally and globally. Some of her numerous volunteer projects have included the establishment of a Kids Can Free the Children chapter and Humanitarian Outreach Program, raising money for children in developing countries. She has worked at local food banks, and with the Community Health Initiative by University Students clinic in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In addition, she travelled to the Himalayas with a team of medical students to conduct health screenings and promote hygiene and nutritional education. Locally, she worked to help develop a community health outreach program for new immigrants and subsequently developed workshops for the local YMCA and Vancouver Immigrant Society. Jaspreet participates actively in athletics and has been a member of Team Alberta's Field Hockey team and a past silver medalist at the Canada Summer Games. The Rhodes Scholarships, established in 1902, were designed to bring outstanding students from across the world to study at Oxford University, in the interests of promoting international understanding and public service. One student from every province is chosen each year. The scholarships require a high level of literacy and scholastic achievement, success in sports, strong qualities of leadership and character, and evidence of public service. Past recipients include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, world renowned economist Sardar Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner.