Emory Report
February 23, 2009
Volume 61, Number 21



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February 23
, 2009
B. Jones Scholarship sends 4 to Scotland

FROM Staff reports

Four Emory seniors — Kevin Kelly, Afeef Nessouli, Katherine Sheehan and Marie Walters — 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.

Widely known as the Bobby Jones Scholarship, the award was established in 1976 in honor of the internationally renowned golfer and Emory Law alumnus, 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.

• Kelly, a sociology major from Western Springs, Ill., plans to pursue a graduate diploma in peace and conflict studies at St Andrews. He is currently the president of both the Outdoor Emory Organization and Emory Concert Choir, and is an Emory Scholar. He is completing an honors thesis in sociology.

• Nessouli is a Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies major who plans to pursue a master of letters in Middle Eastern and Central Asian security studies during his year at St Andrews. He is the current president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, and is completing his honor’s thesis, which examines the life and assassination of the late Prime Minister of Lebanon.

• Sheehan is a biology major from Glenville, N.Y. While at St Andrews, she plans to continue her studies in biology and explore areas outside of her major, including Scottish history. Upon her return to the U.S., Sheehan intends on entering a Ph.D. program in biology, with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor. Sheehan received the Sonny Carter Scholarship in 2008, and is the current captain of the varsity track team.

• Walters, a neuroscience major and Spanish minor from Dayton, Ohio, plans to pursue a master of philosophy in neuroscience while at St Andrews. While at Emory, Walters has been active in research regarding the impact of early life stress on memory, and will continue her research at St Andrews. Walters is also active in volunteerism and hopes to continue her community activities in Scotland.

Each year, one Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellow is chosen from both Emory and St Andrews. Emory’s 2009-2010 Fellow, Jessica Lake, is a neuroscience and behavioral biology major from Syosset, N.Y. She will pursue a master of philosophy in neuroscience at St Andrews. Fellows receive full tuition and stipends for the duration of a postgraduate degree program.