Spring 2010: Of Note

Group image of Jones Scholars

off to scotland: From left, Walt Ecton, Surabhi Agrawal, Steven Dry, Emily Cumbie-Drake, and Philip May.

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Historic image of Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones collection, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University

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New Bobby Jones Scholars teeing up for St. Andrews

Bobby Jones at Emory

The Bobby Jones Collection at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library includes a wealth of material such as photographs, drawings, videocassettes, news clippings, and newsreels documenting Jones, the 1930 Grand Slam, and Masters Tournaments from 1965 to 1969. Golf fans also can find articles by and about Jones, pieces of his golf memorabilia, manuscripts, and audio tapes documenting Jones’s twenty-fifth anniversary in golf and an interview with him in 1960.

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Emory seniors Emily Cumbie-Drake, Steven Dry, Walter Ecton, and Philip May have been chosen to continue a rich tradition as the 2010–2011 Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholars, set for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellow is Surabhi Agrawal.

Widely known as the Bobby Jones Scholarship, the award was established in 1976 to recognize students who will represent the University at St. Andrews, Emory’s sister institution. Their qualities include intellectual excellence, a significant leadership record, and academic interests that can be pursued through the offerings at St. Andrews. The scholars receive full tuition and a travel stipend for their year of study. In addition, four St. Andrews students are chosen to spend a year at Emory.

“The four scholars and fellow selected are all very accomplished academically and deeply involved in the Emory community and beyond,” says Joanne Brzinski, senior associate dean of undergraduate education, who oversees the selection process. “As individuals, they each bring particular strengths and diverse backgrounds that will make them all great ambassadors for Emory.”

Cumbie-Drake, an anthropology major, plans to take courses in sustainability that build on her academic program at Emory, as well as courses on Scottish history and culture. Dry is a double major in chemistry and religion; at St. Andrews he plans to pursue coursework in medicinal chemistry in preparation for graduate work in that field. Ecton is completing his degree at Emory as a double major in political science and theater and plans to pursue a graduate degree in peace and conflict studies at St. Andrews. May, a chemistry and Greek double major, plans to pursue a graduate degree in Greek.

The Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellowship enters its third year with the selection of Agrawal. Fellows receive full tuition and stipends for the duration of a postgraduate degree program. Each year, one fellow is chosen from both Emory and St. Andrews. Agrawal, from Miami, is an international studies major at Emory and will pursue a graduate degree in international relations at St. Andrews. She is a Woodruff Scholar and is completing her honors thesis on the role of local institutions in India in maintaining peace in villages.

Recipients are selected by a committee of faculty, administrators, and trustees of the Robert T. Jones Committee as well as former Jones scholars. The late Bobby Jones 27L, an internationally renowned golfer, was an Emory School of Law alumnus remembered by those who knew him as an extraordinary man of rare loyalty, compassion, and integrity.

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