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

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

Travis Sentell, the son of Jo W. Sentell-Perez and John Sentell and stepson of Brent Perez, all of Baton Rouge, La. (70816), is one of four Emory University students 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."

Despite majoring in psychology and religion/philosophy, Sentell has been extremely active in the performing arts at Emory. He is a four-year member and current director of Rathskellar, Emory’s improvisational comedy troupe, the oldest such college troupe in the country; a three-year member and current president of The Stipe Society, the Emory arts honor society; and has been in too many student and professional theater productions to name.

One highlight that combined his singing, acting and improv skills was winning the first-ever on-line national talent search held by Broadway.com, resulting in a private audition for the Broadway production of "The Rocky Horror Show." His other performing arts activities at Emory include the Wind Symphony, the Gamelan Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble, Dance Alliance Emory, and AHANA Dance Troupe.

"I’m planning to immerse myself in the arts community there," says Sentell. "St. Andrews has programs that combine a number of my interests—creativity in terms of religious studies and performance, and psychology courses tied to philosophy and religion. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to receive a scholarship like this, and I will try to find as many life-changing experiences as possible."

A recipient of an Emory Turman scholarship, Sentell has been an active member of the Emory Scholars community, including an internship last summer with Men Stopping Violence as part of the Scholarship and Service summer program. He is president and founder of the Coalition Against Rape at Emory.

This won’t be Sentell’s first trip abroad. He went to Durban, South Africa, with Habitat for Humanity in 1999, then went to London and Scotland for a psychology summer abroad program, where he got to work closely with the Scottish school system.

Sentell wrote the book "Judgment Day Manifesto" (Writer’s Club Press), which will be available in the next few weeks through iUniverse.com and Barnesandnoble.com, and currently is working with Dr. Neil Shulman on "Doc Hollywood: The Musical," which is to premiere later this year.

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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