News Release: People

Feb. 17,  2008

2008 Bobby Jones Scholars Named

Four Emory University 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, founded in 1411, 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 from Atlanta, received an associate's degree from Emory's 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 the current president of Emory's Student Government Association.

Bradford, an English and chemistry major from Cumming, Ga., also received an associate's degree from Emory's 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 from Canton, Ga. 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 Emory's Office of Multicultural Programs.

McDermott is an international studies major from The Woodlands, Texas. 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, a student organization promoting the arts at Emory. McDermott was awarded the Dean's Achievement Scholarship in 2006.

Recipients are selected by a committee of faculty, administrators and trustees of the Robert T. Jones Committee as well as former Jones scholars. The late Bobby Jones, 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. A new addition this year is the Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellowship, an award that covers tuition and provides a living stipend for one to four years of graduate work at St. Andrews that will be awarded each year to one graduating senior or graduate student with a record of intellectual excellence and academic interests that can be pursued at St. Andrews. Unlike the Bobby Jones Scholars, the fellows are required to earn a graduate degree. The inaugural fellow will be named in March.

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