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University of Texas at Austin Liberal Arts Student Wins Prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

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posted: Monday May 12, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — Dhananjay Jagannathan, a Plan II Honors student majoring in philosophy, classics and linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a Beinecke Memorial Scholarship to pursue his graduate degree.

Each Beinecke scholar receives $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

"It has been a privilege for me to receive such fine tutelage and guidance from my professors in the college and such warm and unflagging support from my parents, who have always encouraged me to follow my passions wherever they might lead," Jagannathan said.

Jagannathan, of College Station, plans to pursue a graduate degree in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy to prepare for a career as a researcher and professor.

He is one of only 22 recipients selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. The University of Texas at Austin is one of 106 schools invited by the Beinecke Scholarship Program to nominate a junior for receipt of the award.

"Faculty members who have worked with and taught Jagannathan agree that he is a rare student who comes along perhaps just once in a professor's career," said Larry Carver, director of Liberal Arts Honors and the Doyle Professor of Western Civilization in the Department of English. "This is a major award, an honor for Dhananjay and an honor for his college and university."

Jagannathan, who graduated from A&M Consolidated High School, is also the recipient of the 2006-07 Larry Temple Scholarship, and is a member of honors societies Phi Beta Kappa and Eta Sigma Phi.

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the board of directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick and Walter Beinecke. The board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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