Bobby Jones Scholars announced

Popular scholarship provides year of study in Scotland

Feb. 22, 2012

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University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Three Emory University seniors, Brenda Chew, Joel Dobben and William Eye, and one graduate student, Sarah Richards, are the 2012-2013 recipients of the Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship Award for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  They will represent Emory as ambassadors to St. Andrews and were selected based on their established records of leadership, academic excellence and interests that can be pursued through the offerings at the venerable Scottish 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. 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. The scholars for this highly competitive award receive full tuition, room, board and a travel stipend for their year of study. In addition, four St. Andrews students are chosen to spend a year at Emory.

Chew, an environmental studies and economics major from Orlando, Fla., plans to seek a master’s degree in sustainable development while at St. Andrews. She is the co-founder of Emory’s chapter of the Global Health, Education and Economic Development and a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 100 Senior Honorary and a PACE Peer Leader. Chew currently serves as a research assistant in the Department of Environmental Studies examining the council voting behaviors of U.S. fisheries. 

Dobben is an English major and plans to study the origins of Renaissance poetry in continental Europe and medieval literature while at St Andrews.  A resident of Flossmoor, Ill., Joel is a four-year member of Emory’s Varsity Swim and Dive teams and currently works as a fellow in the Office of Admissions.  He is a staff writer from the Emory Wheel, a contributing writer for Her Campus Media and a rotating writing for the “Real Life College Guy” column on hercampus.com. 

Eye is a philosophy and music major and plans to seek a master’s degree in international political theory while at St. Andrews. Originally from Baldwin, N.Y., Eye is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Society and the first violinist for Emory’s Symphony Orchestra and the Tango Ensemble. He recently served as an intern for the Ugandan American Partnership Organization where he assisted in coordinating a major fundraising campaign benefitting rural Ugandan communities. Eye is a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, and holds a Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation Scholarship.

Richards, a graduate student in film studies, received her bachelor of arts in sociology with a minor in German studies from Emory, where she also received varsity letters in basketball and soccer. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha. Richards recently travelled throughout Austria to promote the Teachers of English in Austria organization. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in German studies while at St. Andrews.

-From staff reports