Jason Crawford (COL ’05) was selected as Georgetown’s Allbritton Scholar for the 2004-05 academic year, university officials announced last Friday. The scholarship will pay his expenses during two years of post-baccalaureate study at Brasenose College at the University of Oxford.

Crawford was chosen for the award on the basis of academic excellence, character, service and interest in the well-being of others, according to a university press release. The scholarship includes tuition, fees and a yearly stipend for living and travel expenses.

“I’m proud to congratulate Jason on this unique opportunity to continue to study public policy and government – two subjects he is passionate about,” College Dean Jane McAuliffe said in the press release. “His studies at Oxford will allow him to gain a unique international perspective that will be a great asset to his endeavors.”

Crawford will begin his studies at Oxford next fall, but he said he hopes to travel to England as soon as possible because he is “looking forward to doing traveling” in the area.

Crawford is an American Studies major, and has focused on studying educational policy in the context of the development of American society and culture. His senior thesis examines a high school in the District of Columbia, comparing the school from 1954-55, the first year it was integrated, to this academic year, when it reopened as a magnet high school.

Crawford will pursue a Modern History and Politics bachelor’s degree at Oxford. He says he is particularly interested in studying international politics since he will be in a foreign country.

During his time at Georgetown, Crawford co-founded the group Partnership in Athletics, Community Service and Tutoring, a mentoring program that pairs Georgetown students with middle-school children for tutoring and service projects. He was also a teaching assistant at an inner-city school.

In 2004 he received the Harry S Truman Scholarship, which provides $26,000 for graduate studies for those pursuing a career in public service. He is a John Carroll Scholar, a George F. Baker Scholar and a member of the Jesuit Honor Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Corp.

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