Grad Wins Mackenzie King Scholarship

BJ’16 graduate Anaïs Voski is one of four Canadians this year to win a Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship for graduate studies abroad. Worth $10,500, the scholarship will allow her to pursue a master’s degree in international relations and politics at the University of Cambridge starting this fall.

In his will, Mackenzie King expressed the hope that this scholarship would “afford to Canadian students in the future opportunities to broaden their outlook and sympathies and contribute in some measure to that understanding of the problems and policies of other countries which is the basis of international good will.”

Voski says: “With this degree, I hope to advance my knowledge of international relations with a focus on international security, particularly environmental security.”

She will be writing her master’s thesis on integrating environmental security into peacebuilding strategies to explore how war-torn and post-conflict countries in Africa and the Middle East can build resilient peace that factors climate change into the equation. Besides her studies, she chose Churchill College at Cambridge for its science-focused lectures and events and hopes to join its Gaming Society, and more generally make the most of her time while at the prestigious university.

“I want to make a positive contribution to Canada and the world,” explains Voski. “As a journalist I plan to cover international affairs and science, particularly the political and scientific aspects of the environment, climate change and space exploration, and hope to teach in university later on, possibly in journalism school, as a means of giving back and educating the next generation of storytellers.”

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