Jamie Gianoutsos, a senior from Amarillo, Texas, has been selected a 2006 Marshall Scholar, one of 42 university students in America to receive this premier scholarly award. The official announcement for Texas was made Nov. 30 by the British Consulate-General in Houston.
A 2002 graduate of Amarillo High School, Gianoutsos is the daughter of Jim and Mary Kay Gianoutsos, who now reside in Humble. She will receive her bachelor's degree from Baylor in political science and great texts in May, with her honors thesis on 17th century British philosopher John Locke's view of civic education. She is Baylor's electoral commissioner, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, a classically trained pianist and founder of Kappa Kappa Nu Medieval Honors Society.
The Marshall Scholarship will allow Gianoutsos to fund her studies, worth approximately $60,000, for two to three years at a British university. She plans to study "English: Reconceiving the Renaissance" at Queen's University of Belfast.
"Fundamentally, I have two desires," she said. "One is to learn. I've always wanted to soak up everything. Secondly, I have a desire to share what I have learned with others. The Marshall Scholarship opens doors to the possibility of doing both."
Gianoutsos, who worked closely with Dwight Allman, associate professor of political science and graduate program director, and Sarah-Jane Murray, assistant professor of medieval literature and French, plans to become a professor specializing in political theory. -- Lori Scott Fogleman