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Mar. 25,  2008

Emory Names Inaugural Robert T. Jones Fellow

Emory University senior David Abraham has been named the first recipient of the Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellowship at Emory for fully funded graduate study at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. St. Andrews, founded in 1411, is Emory's sister institution. Abraham, of Marietta, Ga., will begin his studies in fall 2008 in the School of Philosophy at St. Andrews.

The Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellowship is a new award established at Emory this year that covers tuition and provides a living stipend for one to four years of graduate work at St. Andrews. It is to be given 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 popular Robert T. Jones Scholarship awarded annually to four Emory students for a year of study at St. Andrews, the fellows are required to earn a graduate degree.

Abraham plans to seek a master's degree in philosophy at St. Andrews, a two-year degree program, and study Thomas Acquinas and medieval philosophy. At Emory, Abraham is a philosophy and history major who is completing an honors thesis on the history of Edmund Burke.

Abraham is the recipient of numerous academic honors:

  • At the end of his freshman year, he was selected to receive the Goodrich C. White Scholarship;
  • He was a SIRE (Scholarly Inqui ry and Research at Emory) scholar last summer;
  • He is the recipient of the Charles Hartshorne Essay Prize in philosophy at Emory; and,
  • He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and both the history and philosophy honor societies.

Abraham was selected by Emory as one of three finalists; the final selection was made by St. Andrews. The fellowship seeks to honor the late Robert T. Jones, Jr., an internationally renowned golfer and Emory Law School alumnus remembered by those who knew him as an extraordinary man of rare loyalty, compassion and integrity.

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