Emory Report
March 3, 2008
Volume 60, Number 22


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March 3, 2008
Bobby Jones scholars selected for year of study at Scottish sister institution

By beverly clark

Four Emory seniors — Emily Allen, William Samuel Bradford, Uriel Castañeda and Megan McDermott — have been chosen to receive the Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship Award for a year of study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. St Andrews is Emory’s sister institution.

Widely known as the Bobby Jones Scholarship, the award was established in 1976 and recognizes individuals who will be excellent representatives of Emory at St Andrews. Qualities required to fulfill this ambassadorship include intellectual excellence, a record of significant leadership 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.

• Allen, a sociology major, received an associate’s degree from Oxford College in 2006. She was awarded the Alan Palmer Scholarship at Oxford and the John and Oida Temple Scholarship when she continued to Emory College. She plans to seek a master’s degree in Health Geography at St Andrews, and eventually to work in public health. Allen is president of Emory’s Student Government Association.

• Bradford, an English and chemistry major, received an associate’s degree from Oxford College in 2006. He was awarded the Faculty Scholarship at Oxford and the Oxford Scholarship when he continued to Emory College. At St Andrews, he plans to study Romantic literature. Bradford is a member of the executive board of the Literary Union and is a member of Emory’s wind ensemble and symphony orchestra.

• Castañeda is a biology major. He plans to seek a degree in health geography at St Andrews. Castañeda serves as president of the Latino Student Organization and on the university’s Latino Task Force. He works as a research assistant in the lab of genetics professor Judith Fridovich-Keil and serves as a resident assistant in the Woodruff residence hall. He has been actively involved with the Office of Multicultural Programs.

• McDermott is an international studies major. She plans to seek a master’s degree at St Andrews in the School of International Studies. She served as managing editor of The Emory Wheel and currently is an intern at The Carter Center. A dancer, she is president of the Stipe Society. McDermott was awarded the Dean’s Achievement Scholarship in 2006.

Recipients are selected by the Robert T. Jones Committee as well as former Jones scholars. The late Bobby Jones, an internationally renowned golfer, was an Emory Law alumnus remembered as an extraordinary man of rare loyalty, compassion and integrity.

A new addition this year is the Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellowship, an award that covers tuition and provides a living stipend for graduate work at St Andrews. The inaugural fellow — a graduating senior or graduate student with a record of intellectual excellence and academic interests that can be pursued at St Andrews — will be named this month.