Students walk between classes on the Emory quadrangle

A banner year for student scholarships

In the past year, Emory students have shown their mettle in impressive ways, receiving coveted scholarships that include the Rhodes, Beinecke, Udall, Luce, and Truman.

The resources for undergraduate study at Emory are extensive, and these students have taken full advantage by building close relationships with faculty, many of whom are experts in their disciplines and fields; working with cutting-edge research facilities, centers, and archives; and pursuing opportunities for independent research and creative training, which leads to grants, presentations, and publications.

At the center of all this, exulting in every honor, has been Megan Friddle, director of Emory’s National Scholarships and Fellowships Program. Asked to reflect on the kind of year that Emory students have had, Friddle says, “These extraordinary undergraduate students balance innovative — and often brave — interdisciplinary scholarship with lasting, meaningful engagements in service and leadership to their campus, home, and national communities.

“Each day that I have the opportunity to meet with Emory’s high-achieving undergraduates, I am surprised and delighted to hear how they intend to address challenging questions and create meaningful change,” Friddle says. “The enthusiasm and commitment with which they tackle these challenges is both humbling and deeply inspiring to witness.”

Student Chelsea Jackson poses on the Emory quad

The Rhodes leads to Oxford

In April, Chelsea Jackson, a double major in political science and African American studies, was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar, which carries with it $30,000 for graduate study. By fall, Jackson was honored again — this time as the university's 20th student to be selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

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Emory student Kadiata Sy poses on campus

Double honors

Kadiata Sy, a 2015 graduate with a major in political science and Middle Eastern studies, was one of four seniors to receive the Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship. Then, the young woman from Mauritania, who spent her early childhood in a refugee camp in Northern Senegal, was named a 2017–2018 Luce Scholar.

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Student Jamani Montague poses on the bridge near the Carlos Museum

Environmental science standout

With a resume that includes independent research into environmental racism and an internship to solve civil and environmental issues related to prisoners, Jamani "Roe" Montague was selected as a 2017 Udall Scholar. Montague is an international studies major minoring in environmental science.

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Student Mallory Carnes poses in a building on the Emory campus

Music to her ears

Mallory Carnes, a Woodruff Scholar and double major in Chinese and music, was one of only 20 Beinecke Scholars selected in 2017. Carnes received $4,000 at the time of the award's announcement and will be eligible to receive $30,000 more during the course of her graduate school career.

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