Joseph Singh, son of Toronto Community Housing staff member, Wins Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Joseph Singh, son of Toronto Community Housing staff member, Wins Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

December 17, 2013

On December 1, Toronto�s Joseph Singh was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.

Established in 1903, and widely regarded as the most prestigious postgraduate academic award, the scholarship is also the oldest and best-known award for international study.

The son of Maylene Singh, a project manager for Toronto Community Housing, Joseph is a currently enrolled at the prestigious Ivy League Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Earlier this month Joseph told The Globe and Mail that the Rhodes Scholarship is �not a reward for past accomplishments, but an investment in the promise of future impact. It�s not just about having good grades, athletic and creative pursuits, demonstrating leadership, etc. It�s about showing how all these things come together to enable you to have impact and to demonstrate that you have a plan to change the world for the better.�

Rhodes Scholar Joseph Singh

Joseph has studied international security policy and is interested in pursuing a future in Canada�s Foreign Service. He has already published articles on security and defence matters for Foreign Policy, Time and CNN.

When Joseph isn�t focusing his sights on the world of academia, he sings for the Dartmouth Aires, an a cappella group that was a runner-up on NBC�s The Sing-Off.

In 2009, while still in high school, Joseph led Photovoice, a photography program in which Toronto Community Housing resident youths took pictures representing challenges in their communities. The photographs were then presented in an exhibit and helped inform solutions implemented in various communities.

�Joseph is an example of someone who has close ties to Toronto Community Housing,� said Mina Bahgat, Manager, Strategic Planning and Support, Toronto Community Housing. �Using his unique skills and intellect, Joseph has given back to resident youths in such a way that inspires them to live positive lives within their communities.�

Each year, there are eleven Rhodes Scholarships in Canada to allow outstanding students--chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service�to study at the University of Oxford in England.

In 1904, the first Canadian Rhodes Scholars took up residence in Oxford. Since then, over a thousand Canadians have been awarded this esteemed scholarship.

Past Rhodes Scholars have pursued careers in public service, academia, business, law, and medicine, amongst others.� Many have achieved notable distinction, including:�

  • David Lewis: former leader of the federal NDP, and one of its original architects
  • Roland Michener: former Governor-General of Canada, Canadian High Commissioner to India, and Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Professor David Naylor: former President of the University of Toronto
  • Bob Rae: former Premier of Ontario
  • John Turner: former Prime Minister