UNC Charlotte’s Eileen Jakeway is headed to England’s University of Oxford

With her selection as UNC Charlotte’s first-ever Ertegun Graduate Scholar, UNC Charlotte’s Eileen Jakeway is headed to England’s University of Oxford, for what she anticipates will be one of the most intellectually rich and invigorating experiences of her life.

Jakeway, a Levine Scholar and English Honors student who graduates in May with bachelor’s degrees in English, French and German, will conduct graduate studies in comparative literature. Each year, only about 20 full-time graduate students in the humanities are chosen from throughout the world to receive an Ertegun Scholarship to study at one of the world’s oldest universities.

“Getting into Oxford, and on top of that receiving the Ertegun was an important validation that I was able to take charge of my education,” Jakeway said.

Jakeway, from Huntersville, has truly stood out in her four years in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UNC Charlotte, said Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the college. "Her commitment to language study is extraordinary, but beyond that, she has shown creativity and passion in her learning and has been an active member of our community through her service, including as a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Group,” Gutierrez added. “We could not be more proud."

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Originally published on May 5, 2017 by Lynn Roberson.

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