Pearson College UWC

February 15, 2011 13:10 ET

Pearson Scholars in British Limelight & Shadows

Kelly O'Connor Wins Rhodes Scholarship; Douglas Alexander Named British Shadow Foreign Secretary

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2011) - Kelly O'Connor, Pearson Scholar (2007) and current Mount Allison University student, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Kelly, a Kelowna, BC, native, becomes the College's eleventh Rhodes Scholar since 1974. "I feel very humbled and lucky to be selected for the Rhodes Scholarship," says Kelly. "I am excited to continue my studies at Oxford, and consider my experiences at Pearson to have been critical in setting me on this path." Pearson College President Dr. David Hawley notes: "I am so pleased to see Kelly plowing forward with all the passion, promise and potential we saw in her while at Pearson." Kelly is fiercely committed to making change happen in the area of humanitarian aid and armed conflict, and will pursue her Master of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at Oxford next fall.

Another Pearson Scholar is already on British soil. Douglas Alexander, Pearson Scholar (1984), was named British Shadow Foreign Secretary in January 2011. Alexander previously served as Secretary of State of International Development from 2007 until 2010 in the Labour government. "Undoubtedly my time at Pearson has had a profound effect on shaping my subsequent work in public service," says Alexander. "I recollect the words of Lester B Pearson when in his Nobel Lecture of 1957 he said, 'How can there be peace without people understanding each other, and how can this be if they don't know each other?' Those words and that vision have continued to inspire me in the two decades since I graduated from Pearson."

Pearson College UWC is open to 200 students from over 100 countries, who live study and grow together for two years (grade 12 and gap year) on a campus spectacularly situated in a rainforest at the western tip of Vancouver Island. The college uses education as a force to unite people, nations and culture for peace and a sustainable future. And while Pearson's education is transformational, it's also selective; there's only one way to get here—by scholarship, worth $80,000 over two years.

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