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Release date: Feb. 23, 2001
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or

Local Student Selected For Emory's Bobby Jones Scholarship For Study In St. Andrews, Scotland

Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Sarah and Allen Smith of Cornelia, Ga. (30531), is one of four Emory University seniors to receive the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund Award for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. St. Andrews, founded in 1411, is Emory’s sister institution.

"The pool of candidates was outstanding; numerous votes had to be taken to determine those who were finally chosen," says Bill Fox, senior vice president for institutional advancement and chairman of the Jones selection committee. "We would have been happy to send any of the 14 finalists but ultimately had to choose four winners. To interview these outstanding students made us all very proud to be associated with Emory."

Smith can’t believe her good fortune at being selected for the prestigious scholarship. "It really hasn't sunk in yet. I keep waking up every morning and thinking they’ll tell me I’m not going," she says. Smith began her Emory career at Oxford College, the university’s two-year division and original campus in Oxford, Ga. "Mainly I'm excited to be representing Oxford College, since I’m an Oxford continuee." She plans to study social anthropology at St. Andrews, but also wants to take some classes in St. Mary’s College, the university’s divinity school. With a minor in Italian, Smith plans to continue her study of that language and take advantage of a travel stipend to visit Italy during her year at St. Andrews.

During her two years at Oxford, Smith was secretary and three-term member of the Oxford College honor council, a member of the Oxford Scholars steering committee, a peer assistance leader, co-president of a campus women’s rights group and an active member of Volunteer Oxford. Now at Emory, Smith is co-vice president of the University Chorus and Concert Choir, co-founder and vice president of the Oxford Continuee Association, a member of the Women’s Center advisory board, an Oxford Mentor and a literacy tutor with Emory READ.

The Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund Award, established in 1976, seeks to recognize 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.

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

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