Brian had known of the Rhodes Scholarship before, but upon his return to Western, made the decision to apply. Established 110 years ago by Cecil Rhodes, this is an international postgraduate award that funds an all-expenses paid scholarship to study at Oxford University. The application process is not for the faint of heart and selection criteria includes “literary and scholastic attainments; moral force of character and instincts to lead and take an interest in one’s fellow beings; truth, courage, devotion to duty, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.” Other famous Rhodes Scholars include Bob Rae, John Turner, Danny Williams, and Marc Kielburger.
Brian spent nearly 200 hours working on his application, including 25 rewrites. This exercise forced him to really consider what he wanted to do with his life and that by attempting something so difficult, he discovered a great deal about himself.