Kennedy Kavanaugh selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology

Kennedy Kavanaugh has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. 

These scholarships are awarded to anthropology majors who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.  Dr. L. Jill Loucks (1953-1982) was a dedicated archaeologist and member of the faculty for three years before her untimely death. Her parents and friends created an endowment to help anthropology students with research funds via the Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship. 

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"I have always had a desire to know and understand the world in which I live, but anthropology has given me the opportunity to learn about this world from a completely new and unique perspective. Anthropology speaks of what is true, not of what is necessarily socially or politically acceptable, and this commitment to truth is what initially drew me into the discipline, and what continues to entice and enthrall me throughout my studies. This kind of honest knowledge can be utilized to challenge popular misconceptions in order to foster positive and powerful social change, and that's what makes studying anthropology, especially studying it right now, so important. Anthropology looks at every aspect of human existence; it seeks to know the unknown and to understand the many divergent cultures of the world so that we may better understand our own society and how it impacts the world around us. This discipline is both intellectually and emotionally hard, but I’m so grateful for the opportunities it has brought me to understand the world in a very different and important way. Receiving the Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship is going to allow me to continue to study and learn about the ways in which global processes effect people across the world in many divergent and unique ways, and how we can work to empower and transform the communities which these processes impact and often devastate." - Kennedy Kavanaugh 

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.

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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

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Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational 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 embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Published: Apr 2, 2018 3:56pm