Four students were selected last Saturday to receive the Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship, which funds students for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
College seniors Justiss Kallos, Rylee Sommers-Flanagan, Jibran Shermohammed and Garrett Turner were this year’s recipients. They were chosen from a pool of 12 finalists and 38 applicants.
The award, which was named in honor of the late golfer and Emory alumnus Bobby Jones, Jr., recognizes individuals who “will be excellent representatives of Emory at St. Andrews,” according to a Feb. 18 press release. In addition to providing students with the opportunity to study at St. Andrews, recipients also receive travel funds.
Kallos, a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and Chemistry double major, plans to earn a Master’s of Philosophy in Neuroscience at St. Andrews. She intends to ultimately pursue a Ph.D, M.D. or to participate in a joint M.D./Ph.D. program after attending St. Andrews.
“I’ve always wanted to go abroad,” Kallos said. “To be abroad for an entire year is very exciting, and to do so in the name of a man who was very inspirational.”
Sommers-Flannagan, an international studies major, also expressed her enthusiasm about going to Scotland.
“I’m really excited about the prospect of representing Emory,” Sommers-Flanagan said.
She will pursue a Master of Letters for Creative Writing at St. Andrews before campaigning either for the next democratic gubernatorial candidate in Montana or for the 2012 re-election of President Obama.
Sommers-Flanagan added that she intends to ultimately attend law school.
Shermohammed explained that he will pursue a Master of Letters in Peace and Conflict Studies at St Andrews and emphasized that he is particularly interested in the “hybrid” theory of peace devised by a St. Andrews professor.
“I’m excited to experience a completely different culture, to pursue a master’s in a completely different environment and to be out of my comfort zone,” Shermohammed said. “I’m excited for everything; I’m excited to see what comes up.”
At St. Andrews, Turner, who majors in Creative Writing and Music, will continue his involvement with the arts by studying contemporary poetry and aesthetics next year, in addition to taking part in the arts through extracurriculars such as a capella groups. Turner noted he is glad he has another year to delve more deeply into the specific field he is interested in.
Following his time at St. Andrews, Turner plans to pursue a Ph.D. in American Studies.
“I have several ideas of what I would research in American studies, but I am unclear as to what I specifically want to pursue,” Turner said. “This can clear up some of those ideas about what I would study in American studies.”
Students seeking a Bobby Jones scholarship must submit a written application.
A committee composed of Emory faculty and staff reviews the applications and chooses finalists to be interviewed by a committee that includes community members and former students who earned the scholarship. Four recipients and two alternates are then selected.
Last year’s Bobby Jones scholarship recipients were Emily Cumbie-Drake, Stevven Dry, Walt Ecton and Philip May.
The Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellow has yet to be named.
— Contact Molly Davis.