Emory Report
April 7, 2008
Volume 60, Number 26


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April 7, 2008
Emory senior named first Jones Fellow

By Beverly Clark

Senior David Abraham has been named the first recipient of the Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellowship at Emory for fully funded graduate study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. St Andrews, founded in 1411, is Emory’s sister institution. Abraham will begin his studies this fall in the School of Philosophy.

The Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellowship is a new award established at Emory this year that covers tuition and provides a living stipend for one to four years of graduate work at St Andrews. It is to be given each year to one graduating senior or graduate student with a record of intellectual excellence and academic interests that can be pursued at St Andrews. Unlike the popular Robert T. Jones Scholarship awarded annually to four Emory students for a year of study at St Andrews, the fellows are required to earn a graduate degree.

Abraham plans to seek a master’s degree in philosophy at St Andrews, a two-year degree program, and study Thomas Aquinas and medieval philosophy. At Emory, Abraham is a philosophy and history major who is completing an honors thesis on the history of Edmund Burke.

Abraham is the recipient of numerous academic honors. At the end of his freshman year, he was selected to receive the Goodrich C. White Scholarship. He is the recipient of the Charles Hartshorne Essay Prize in philosophy at Emory, a SIRE scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and both the history and philosophy honor societies.

The fellowship seeks to honor the late Robert T. Jones Jr., an internationally renowned golfer and Emory Law School alumnus remembered by those who knew him as an extraordinary man of rare loyalty, compassion and integrity.