Linacre College is delighted to announce that the first Oxford – Agnese Nelms Haury Native American/First Nations Scholarship at Oxford University has been awarded to Molita Yazzie, a member of the Navajo Nation from Mesa, Arizona. Molita will study for an MSc in Social Anthropology. The Principal of Linacre, Nick Brown, said “We are very pleased to be able to offer this wonderful scholarship to Molita. There is a long history of discrimination and unequal treatment towards native populations of North America, including directly by European colonists. Today native students are much less likely to obtain a university degree. Very few have the opportunity or resources to do postgraduate study, particularly overseas. Molita’s life has been a very difficult one. We hugely admired her determination and commitment and we very much look forward to welcoming her in October 2015”.
The scholarship is funded by a grant from the Agnese Nelms Haury program in environmental and social justice (at the University of Arizona) to support a student studying for a Master’s degree in Geography and Environment, Anthropology, Archaeology, Refugee and Migration Studies. Mrs. Haury was particularly concerned with the education and advancement of native peoples and with issues of environment, migration, governance and international relations.