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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

James C. (J.C.) Aevaliotis, the son of Bette and Jim Aevaliotis of Conyers, Ga. (30094), 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."

Aevaliotis has excelled in academic and extracurricular activities at Emory. He is the recipient of a Woodruff Scholarship, one of Emory’s most prestigious scholarships, and he has taken an active leadership role in the Emory Scholars community. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board and Theta Alpha Kappa honor societies.

"I’m extraordinarily grateful for this opportunity. It’s hard to know exactly what to say, how to thank everyone that made this possible, from professors and friends to family and classmates," Aevaliotis says. "I’m a bit overwhelmed by this, but filled with joy and gratitude, plus more than a little anticipation."

A religion major, Aevaliotis went to Northern Ireland last summer on one of Emory’s Journeys of Reconciliation and will be a student leader on a return trip this summer. He plans to continue his religion studies while at St. Andrews in the university’s divinity school, St. Mary’s College.

Aevaliotis first became interested in attending Emory and studying religion as a participant of the Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) of Emory’s Candler School of Theology. He now is a staff member of YTI, and is writing a book with several YTI alumni about ecology and theology on Sapelo Island, Ga. "As young people with something to say, we’re trying to find a way into the theological conversations around theology and ecology," says Aevaliotis. Some of the questions examined in the book include: How can a sense of place inform theological understanding? Why does it seem easier to feel a sense of place on Sapelo than in our homes? Where do issues of ecology and eco-justice fit into all of this?

Improvisational comedy and performing arts have played a major role in Aevaliotis’ Emory career. He is a four-year member and former director of Rathskellar improvisational comedy troupe, the oldest college troupe in the country; and a four-year participant in the GOTCHA! Festival, a charity performing arts festival. He also has used his performing talents for various charities.

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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