Dance, med school and community work in Africa taught latest U of A Rhodes Scholar value of understanding “how people experience life, illness and the world.”
Second-year medical student Julia Sawatzky will head to Oxford University next fall as the University of Alberta’s 2019 Rhodes Scholar.
"I couldn't believe I was selected,” said Sawatzky of receiving the phone call from the Rhodes Trust two weeks ago. “I was just so overwhelmed to hear I'd been successful."
The Rhodes Scholarship is considered the most prestigious in the world. Each year 11 are awarded across Canada, three in the West.
Sawatzky will study tropical medicine and public health policy, especially as they apply to young populations in sub-Saharan Africa. But her interest in health and the human body was first sparked by a more artistic pursuit—ballet.
As a dedicated dancer most of her life, she attended high school at Calgary’s School of Alberta Ballet before continuing her dance training at the University of Sa...