• Maureen Rendon '21

The James Robert Andrews Endowed Fellowship was established by family and friends of James Robert Andrews ’04, in memory of his strength, courage, determination and intellectual curiosity. The fellowship assists other SU graduates in their quest to earn a graduate degree by supporting the first year of post-graduate study. 

Jim Bob Roberts was a political science major and communication minor, and a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. During his undergraduate years, he worked as an intern on the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington, D.C., and at the CBI on Parliamentary Affairs in London. Prior to starting law school at Tulane University in the fall of 2005, Jim Bob spent a year in Karamay, Xinjiang, People’s Republic of China, where he taught conversational English to Chinese students. After safely evacuating from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, he was in a diving accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury. Jim Bob was making tremendous strides in rehabilitation when he died suddenly due to medical complications.

Like Jim Bob, Maureen has actively pursued her passion for international affairs and government inside and outside the university. During her SU London Semester, she interned in the Houses of Parliament, and at SU, the Newman Civic Fellow contributed to the SU Votes Working Group, the Emerging Dialogs Project around political dialog, faculty-student research on civility/incivility in the US, and the Spring Breakaway service learning program around immigrant rights. If those experiences and more weren’t enough to make her mark, Maureen is also an accomplished pianist and cellist.