THE ROBERT T JONES SCHOLARSHIP
"Bobby Jones was not only the best player in the world, probably the best there
had ever been, but by all odds the most attractive sports hero of the day. Even
by people who knew no golf, he was idolised on both sides of the Atlantic for
his God-given combination of flashing good looks, wry humour and unflagging
modesty. He became, and remained until the day of his death, the First
Gentleman of Golf."
Bobby Jones was born in Atlanta in 1902. He learned to play golf as a very
young boy and his prodigious talent was soon apparent. His triumph, at the age
of 28, in winning the Open and the Amateur Championships in both Britain and
the United States in a single season - The Grand Slam - has never been
equalled. Jones then retired from competitive golf, qualifying as a lawyer and
later drawing upon his earlier training as a mechanical engineer in the design of
the majestic golf course at Augusta, Georgia. At the age of 46 he was
diagnosed as suffering from a rare disease that caused chronic pain and
progressive paralysis. He bore his illness with great fortitude: "We play the
ball, you know, as it lies". St Andrews honoured this outstanding man by
making him a Freeman of the Burgh in 1958, the first since Benjamin Franklin
nearly 200 years before. The respect and affection were mutual. Towards the
end of his acceptance speech Jones said: "I could take out of my life everything
except my experiences at St Andrews and I would still have had a rich and full
The Bobby Jones Scholarship
The Scholarship programme was established in 1976 by some of Bobby Jones's
friends and admirers on both sides of the Atlantic "to perpetuate his memory in
the hearts and minds of young people by creating a permanent memorial to his
sense of values and character".
The Scholarships are funded by three Trusts, in Atlanta, New York and St
Andrews. They enable four St Andrews students to study at Emory University
in Atlanta each year whilst four Emory students come to St Andrews.
Candidates must be matriculated, full-time students in the University of St
Andrews, normally aged between 17 and 23, and of British nationality. The
Trust deed specifies that they are to be selected with regard to character,
academic record and proposed course of studies.
A good academic record is essential because the Scholars will be representing
St Andrews at another university. Successful applicants have typically gained
rank certificates in several of their classes and have often achieved further
distinctions besides. Other qualities are also sought, however. Bobby Jones
was an all-rounder and the selectors will be keen to know how else you have
spent your time at University. Golfing ability is not a necessary criterion
though an active interest in the game is a consideration, for instance because
the Scholars have the privilege of attending the Masters Tournament. On such
occasions - and the Emory Trustees have been very hospitable to their guests -
the Scholars have an ambassadorial role, for which reasonable experience of
public speaking is also advantageous. The Trust deed does explicitly state that
the awards have the aim of "encouraging qualities of leadership in young men
and young women". Last but not least, because the four Jones Scholars
necessarily spend a good deal of time together, the selectors have to keep in
mind the composition of the group as a whole.
Students may apply during or after their second year in the University. Because
the Scholarships are fully funded (see below) many students have attended
Emory after graduating from St Andrews. This is perfectly acceptable.
However, the selectors also welcome applications from students in earlier years
who will return to St Andrews to complete a degree. Students who are already
in Junior Honours must have the permission of their Head of School.
What the Scholarships provide
The Scholarships are sufficient to cover all basic costs for the year at Emory.
In particular, tuition and other fees are paid for, as are room and board in a
university residence. Mandatory health insurance is arranged by Emory
University but dental insurance is not provided. In addition each Scholar
receives a personal stipend to cover basic expenditure and book and sundries
paid in two instalments. Return air tickets from Heathrow to Atlanta are
The Scholars are also encouraged to travel in the United States. Each receives
a special travel stipend paid in two instalments. The Scholars also have the use
of a ‘people carrier’ and driver orientation will be provided.
The precise breakdown of stipend and travel allowance will be provided to the
Scholars who are taking the year at Emory as an extra year, after graduation or
as a year out from their St Andrews degree, are free to select any courses for
which they are qualified. Eligibility and availability are, of course, matters for
the Emory authorities to decide. Anyone thinking of enrolling in a graduate
course should bear in mind that the Scholarships are for one year and cannot be
Any student who wishes the year at Emory to count towards his or her St
Andrews degree must, of course, also have prior approval for their programme
of studies from St Andrews.
For a list of undergraduate and graduate courses available at Emory, please
refere to their web page which is www.emory.edu.
The completed application form as well as 4 copies must be returned by
Monday 5 December 2011 to Audrey Dyce, Room 2:4, 91 North Street.
Please also include an endorsed academic transcript.
Two referees are required and they should normally be members of the
academic staff who know you well. Reference report forms will be issued with
the application form and must be returned with it, each in a sealed envelope
signed by the referee across the seal. It is your responsibility to ensure that
the referees are given adequate notice.
Depending on the number of applications received, it may be necessary to
eliminate some candidates on the basis of written records alone (including
The interviews will be held on Friday 20 January 2012 only.
Present Jones Scholars
There are four scholars here at present from Emory. If you need to contact
them, with any queries/questions relating to Emory, let Audrey Dyce, Room
2:4, 91 North Street know and she will be happy to pass them on.
If you are successful
The Scholarship programme, with all its benefits, depends entirely upon the
voluntary efforts of the Trustees, here and in the United States. We rely upon
the Scholars to send us a short report of their year at Emory for transmission to
the Trustees; and we hope that past Scholars will wish to guarantee the same
opportunities for their successors by helping the work of the Trust.
Stephen R Magee