Bobbie Shreiner selected as recipient of Weller Memorial Scholarship

Bobbie Shreiner has been selected as the 2020-2021 recipient of the Stephen Richard Weller Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. The Weller scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

"The education I have received through the Department of Anthropology has influenced not just the way I analyze material from other courses but also how I interpret current events, as every part of the human experience has been transformed through the lens of anthropology.

Anthropology has helped me find my footing as I continue to navigate my place in the world after I aged out of the foster system. I am privileged enough to be someone who is able to attend college,and I am deeply grateful for this scholarship as it will help me in achieving my educational goals. Through anthropology, I have reflected quite a bit on myself, and the factors that shaped who I am. The cultural norms, social expectations, language, human relationships, and interactions with ideas have helped shaped and changed who I am. I reflected on my time in the foster system and how each new family and experience was like an ethnography, I learned new familial customs and cultures, having to learn to adjust and understand each. In addition, I have also grown intellectually and have come to understand different cultures and the various ways society and culture shapes them as well. This personal and intellectual growth has been achieved through my education here at Appalachian State University."

About the Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world – past, present and future. With nearly 200 undergraduate majors, the department offers numerous research opportunities for students including field schools, internships, lab projects and independent studies at home and abroad. Students may earn B.A. and B.S. degrees with concentrations in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and social practice and sustainability. Learn more at

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, two stand-alone academic programs, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. Our values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of our students as global citizens. There are approximately 5,850 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University

As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Published: Apr 19, 2020 10:54am