Graduate of Young Harris College Awarded Davies-Jackson Scholarship to Cambridge

St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge recently selected Young Harris College (GA) graduate Alejandro Lemus-Gomez to receive the 2019 CIC-administered Davies- Jackson Scholarship that will provide two years of full support including travel to and from England beginning in the fall. Lemus-Gomez, who majored in English with a minor in philosophy, graduated in December as part of the class of 2019. At St. John’s, he will study modern and medieval languages with a focus in Spanish.

“During my time at St. John’s, I hope to gain a higher fluency in Spanish, and ideally, other Romance languages,” Lemus-Gomez said. “Academically and artistically, I hope to study and write texts that address our lived experiences philosophically and poetically. The beauty of studying in the humanities is realizing the range of disciplines one can work in. The prospect of one day writing poems and philosophical texts that move others in the way my professors and favorite writers have inspired me is exciting.”

Lemus-Gomez was one of three semi-finalists selected by the Davies-Jackson Scholarship U.S. Selection Committee for consideration by St. John’s College.

The scholarship is intended for graduating seniors, or very recent graduates, who are among the first generation in their families to graduate from college and who have maintained a 3.7 GPA or higher. 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 CIC. CIC has administered the application process for the program since 2003. During that time, the list of eligible institutions has expanded; today 500 out of 560 eligible institutions are CIC members.

“My mother never finished her arts degree, forsaking her dreams of being a filmmaker in order to escape Cuba,” shared Lemus-Gomez. “Despite never finishing her formal education, it’s thanks to her wisdom, persistence, and courage that I developed the motivation and skills needed to reach this point in my life...The day I got the email notifying me that I was awarded the Davies-Jackson Scholarship, she told me, ‘Viste, poeta, se hace el camino al andar,’ which means, ‘You see, poet, the path is made by walking.’”

Application information about the 2020 scholarship competition will become available in late summer 2019. View more information about the program.