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2009 British Marshall Scholarship awarded to Dhananjay Jagannathan

Dhananjay's plans to complete the Master of Studies (M.St.) in Ancient Philosophy with the Philosophy faculty at Oxford. Then, working with the Classics faculty at Cambridge, he will complete the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Classics with a specialization in Ancient Philosophy. He plans to pursue graduate work toward the PhD in the USA after his studies in the UK.  Dhanajay hopes to reform inadequacies in public schools and higher education systems.

As a mentor in the Plan II Honors/KIPP Austin College Prep mentor/tutor program, Dhanajay recognized his interest in improving public school systems.  KIPP is a charter school dedicated to improving achievement for underserved and at-risk students.  In 2007, Plan II  embarked on a partnership with KIPP (“Knowledge is Power Program”), a local middle school serving primarily low-income and minority students in Austin. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas facilitated matching each Plan II student with a “KIPPster” in an effort to form lasting bonds between mentor & mentee.  Dhananjay was in the first Plan II/KIPP mentor cohort.  That community engagement fueled his desire participate in education reform.

Studies of ancient philosophers’ perspectives of the world are what Dhananjay credits with his understanding of current social and political injustices, particularly in public school systems.  The study of philosophy helped him recognize the close relationship between education and participatory democracy.  “Not having access to high quality education is a special kind of injustice because it really doesn't enable people to become full citizens."

As a Plan II major, Dhananjay also received a 2008 Beinecke Scholarship, the 2005 National Merit Scholarship and the 2006 Larry Temple Scholarship. He was inducted into both Phi Beta Kappa and Eta Sigma Phi honors societies.  Dhanajay participates in Junior Fellows, an honors research seminar for undergraduates, and Euthyphrones, a Greek reading group sponsored by the joint doctorate program in ancient philosophy.

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