This Fellowship, intended for the first year of post-graduate study, is designed to assist other Southwestern University graduates in their quest to earn a graduate degree.

Anderson, a kinesiology major and psychology minor, is also a leader of the Men’s Swim Team, Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Exercise is Medicine club, and has taken part in SCOPE research. The Texas American College of Sports Medicine awarded him the “Major of the Year” honor in 2023. An Alpha Chi honor society member, Anderson will also graduate Phi Beta Kappa.

The James Robert Andrews Endowed Fellowship was established by family and friends of James Robert Andrews (Class of 2004), in memory of his strength, courage, determination and intellectual curiosity. Like Jake, Jim Bob was a Political Science major and 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, Peoples 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.

The generous gift of the Andrews family in memory of Jim Bob supports students like Jake as they pursue graduate study on their way to making a difference in the world the way Jim Bob did. 

Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Alexandra Anderson, fellowship advisor and Senior Associate Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development at and 512.863.1265. Applications for the 2024 award will open in January 2024.