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Loyola philosophy student awarded scholarship to study at Cambridge

Loyola press release - April 9, 2010

G. Nicholas Courtney, a senior honors student at Loyola University New Orleans, was recently awarded the 2010 Davies-Jackson Scholarship for study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge in England.

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship is a prestigious, highly competitive scholarship awarded annually to up to two candidates from the United States. The Council of Independent Colleges assists the Davies-Jackson Scholarship selection committee in administering the program. Applications are reviewed by the committee and finalists are forwarded to the admissions tutor at St. John’s College for final decision. The scholarship recipients will be awarded a Cantab degree, viewed as the equivalent of a master’s degree in the U.S., after two years of study at Cambridge.

Courtney will study philosophy while at Cambridge this fall. “The formal education will no doubt be beyond expectation, as will the very intellectual atmosphere,” said Courtney. “As someone who still has many interdisciplinary interests, I look forward to being in such a place, one full of history and academic tradition.”

A native of Holden, La., Courtney is majoring in philosophy and medieval studies with a minor in English Literature. He is an active member of numerous Loyola organizations and has received various honors including president of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honors society; president of University Honors Association; member of Phi Sigma Tau national philosophy honors society; Member of Sigma Tau Delta national English honors society; member of Phi Alpha Theta national history honors society; and co-founder of Gamma Delta Rho, Loyola’s Medieval Studies Honors Society.

Last summer, Courtney was a fellow at Notre Dame’s prestigious Erasmus Institute and he was also invited to participate in University of Colorado-Boulder’s summer seminar in philosophy.

In May, Courtney will receive the Guy Lemieux, S.J., Award for Outstanding Senior in Philosophy, The Venerable Bede Award for Outstanding Senior in Medieval Studies and The Michelle St. Romain Award for Outstanding Senior in the University Honors Program.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.