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Loyola University New Orleans student, Skelly McCay, Selected to the First Team on the All-USA Today Academic Team

Loyola press release - February 15, 2001

(New Orleans)—Officials of Loyola University and USA Today have announced Skelly Bruce McCay, a Loyola senior and New Orleans native, has been named one of the top 20 students on the First Team of the 2001 All-USA Today Academic Team. The winners will be featured in a two-page color spread in USA Today on February 15. He was chosen from 682 applicants.

The criteria of this award are designed to find students who excel not only in scholarship but also in leadership roles on and off campus. A key element in the judging of the entries was the student’s original academic or intellectual project, described in an essay written by the student. The judges stressed the student’s ability to communicate their work in their own words.

In December 2000, McCay was awarded a British Marshall Scholar for 2001 – 2003. British Marshall Scholarships are highly regarded as one of the most coveted undergraduate scholastic awards. McCay plans to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 19th and 20th century Continental/Pluralistic philosophy.

McCay is pursuing a double major in philosophy and English and has an extensive list of extracurricular activities to his credit. McCay is the son of Mary and Douglas Hugh McCay and his mother is chair of the English department at Loyola.

In 1998, Loyola gained international recognition for academic excellence as a student was named a Rhodes Scholar. Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students.