Mario Vargas Llosa Award is granted yearly to one undergraduate Spanish major or minor who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all upper-division courses completed and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities as related to Spanish.
The 2013 recipient of the AATSP Mario Vargas Llosa Award is Taylor F. Jones; University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.
Taylor F. Jones earned a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics with a second major in Spanish and a minor in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from the South Carolina Honors College and besides Sigma Delta Pi, he is also a member of numerous other honor societies to include Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, NSCS, and Alpha Lambda Delta. Since his induction into Sigma Delta Pi in 2010, Taylor served as Chapter President for the past two years and was instrumental in the chapter earning its first ever national recognition in its 80+ year history, most notably Sigma Delta Pi’s inaugural Phoenix Award. As President, Taylor created a retreat for new Sigma Delta Pi initiates as well as an awards program for high school students throughout South Carolina; he also advocated for a permanent Sigma Delta Pi seat on the University’s Hispanic Advisory Committee (HAC), established partnerships with Hispanic-centered organizations in the Columbia community, and he hosted numerous literary, cultural, and professional development events open to all USC students. Taylor was also awarded Sigma Delta Pi’s Gabriela Mistral Award from his chapter for his leadership. He currently works as a Strategic Business Analyst Associate for Red Ventures, LLC in Charlotte, NC.