Villiger Speech and Debate Society Leader Awarded St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship
Monday, June 2, 2014
by Rosemary Martin '14
PHILADELPHIA (June 2, 2014) — For the fifth consecutive year, an SJU student was awarded a scholarship from the Saint Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia. Darby Rourick, an English and philosophy double major from Ankeny, Iowa, received a $20,000 scholarship to study at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Founded in 1958 to promote understanding between the United States and Scotland, the Saint Andrew’s Society invites 18 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region to submit a scholarship candidate who will spend his or her junior year at one of four Scottish universities.
Rourick, who is the tournament director of Villiger Speech and Debate Society, Saint Joseph’s student debate club, says she chose to study at the University of Aberdeen because of its vast selection of classes. “I am also very excited to be in the United Kingdom during the Scottish referendum vote for independence from Great Britain,” she adds, “which is scheduled for this September.”
“Darby is a talented writer and an engaging speaker who is especially interested in the role of women in the public sphere,” says Peter Norberg, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of English. “At Aberdeen, she will continue her study of classical and modern rhetoric, with a focus on women’s rhetoric, and she also plans to continue competing in speech and debate while abroad.”