Three Students Awarded 2017 Davies-Jackson Scholarships

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship’s U.S. Selection Committee convened in December 2016 and forwarded the top applications in the pool to St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge for final review. In January, in a major coup for the program, all three finalists for the 2017 Davies-Jackson Scholarship were made offers of study. Jenny Ngo, a senior at Lewis & Clark College (OR) who will graduate with a degree in psychology this spring, will read in the area of psychology and behavioral sciences. Teal St. Nicklaus, a senior majoring in English at Mercer University, will continue her studies in English at the college. And Amber Woolery, a senior majoring in archaeology at Transylvania University (KY), will pursue coursework in human, social, and political science.

“We are immensely gratified,” expressed George Farr, chair of the U.S. Selection Committee, “that for the second time in the history of the Scholarship, three students will be able to commence study at St. John’s College in a single year.”

Intended for applicants with exceptional academic records and who are among the first generation in their families to graduate from college, the Scholarship provides full support for two years of study at St. John’s College, including travel to and from England. Applicants are typically graduating seniors from the eligible colleges and universities, and those selected for the scholarship work toward a second BA in their area of study as affiliated students. Named after two Cambridge fellows who tutored the anonymous donor during his years at Cambridge—Hugh Sykes Davies and R. Meredith Jackson—the award program began in 1990 and was initially administered by the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education that later became an operating part of the Council of Independent Colleges. Since 2003, the Scholarship has been administered by CIC with a successively expanded list of eligible institutions that now includes 500 CIC member institutions. With these new awardees, 28 students have now received a Davies-Jackson Scholarship.

Application information about the 2018 scholarship competition will become available this summer. View more information about the program.