Berea Student Awarded 2018 Davies-Jackson Scholarship

In January, St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge selected Berea College (KY) senior Aaron Clark to receive the 2018 Davies-Jackson Scholarship. Intended for applicants with exceptional academic records 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. A psychology major at Berea, Clark will continue his studies to earn a second BA at St. John’s as an affiliated student in the area of psychological and behavioral sciences.

Clark’s application was one of 23 submissions that were initially evaluated by the United States Selection Committee; its recommendations were subsequently forwarded to Cambridge for final approval by St. John’s College. “With his superlative academic record,” George Farr, the chair of the committee, observed, “coupled with the challenges he faced growing up in Appalachia, Aaron Clark epitomizes the kind of student for whom the Davies-Jackson Scholarship was created.”

Named after two Cambridge fellows who tutored the anonymous donor during his years at Cambridge—Hugh Sykes Davies and R. Meredith Jackson—the Davies-Jackson Scholarship program began in 1990 and was initially administered by the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education that later became an operating program of the Council of Independent Colleges. Since CIC began administering the scholarship in 2003, the list of eligible institutions has successively expanded and now includes 500 CIC member institutions. With this new award, 29 students have received a Davies-Jackson Scholarship.

Application information about the 2019 scholarship competition will become available in late summer. View more information about the program.