Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology

loucks_pic_0.jpgThese 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 in Anthropology Endowment and eligible graduating students (students in their senior year at the time of their application are not eligible). In addition to having their name engraved on a plaque, the winner will be awarded approximately $1,200 in scholarship money (in the event that there are multiple winners, they will split the prize).

2020-2021 Recipient: Rachel Anderson


"Since I was a child, my adoration for languages and literature has never waned. My father, like most parents, advised me to choose a path in something I love to mold a career around. But it’s hard to do that when you seem to be interested in everything.

When I sat in my first anthropology class my freshman year, I knew I had found what I wanted to spend my life doing. It wasn’t that I was interested in everything, it was that, when I boiled it down, I was interested in us. In humans. I chose anthropology because I wanted to study us in our pursuit of such things like these paths we mold our lives around, in our endless endeavour in articulating the world that we experience through language in its many forms, and how our languages become a liminal home we can tuck away into when we are seemingly far away from home. This department has not only enabled me to study this, but it has supported me in my research and my questions, and at times yanked me out of my perspective like a fish out of water, and asked me to look at an ocean that I couldn’t see while in it: glittering and lovely, and sometimes dark and terrifying, as it is.

Receiving the Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology is a blessing and an absolute honor, as it lends me indefinite opportunities to continue in my career in anthropology, and allows me the chance to ardently thank every single professor, friend, and librarian who has supported me in this intellectual pursuit, with their many book recommendations and their patient ears for listening to me ramble about stumbled-upon findings. I don’t think I would be where I am now without them, and I am so grateful for being where I am now, happily studying anthropology and having the chance to be accepting this scholarship. This scholarship has bolstered my anthropologic aspirations and I am eager to continue my education here in this department."

Application Guidelines

Students are invited to submit an application for Loucks Memorial Scholarships in the early spring. They are designated for students who are majoring in Anthropology and who have demonstrated academic achievement. How the student's academic and professional work in anthropology have demonstrated their interests and accomplishments is considered based upon the following criteria:

  •  Class assignments
  • Research papers or projects
  • Professional conference papers
  • Internships
  • Field school/study abroad participation
  • Honors and awards
  • Attendance at professional meetings
  • Membership in professional organizations
  • Volunteer work

Click here for application (due by 5:00pm on Friday, February 19, 2021)

Past Recipients

  • 1988-1989 Kim Green McClure and Randy Wulff
  • 1999-2000 Lindsay Kathleen Wetmore
  • 2000-2001 Elizabeth K. Uselton
  • 2001-2002 Elizabeth Laney
  • 2002-2003 Shauna Ertolacci
  • 2003-2004 Nick Jarman and Meredith Shockley
  • 2004-2005 Angela Henderson
  • 2005-2006 Andrew Johner
  • 2006-2007 Teresa Campell
  • 2007-2008 Matthew Bouchard and Andy Kruse
  • 2008-2009 Kaitlyn Kluge, Christine Kirby, and Erin Foster
  • 2009-2010 Brittany Glarrow
  • 2010-2011 Karen Stevens and Robert Schultz
  • 2011-2012 Caitlin Patton and Whitney Cannady
  • 2012-2013 Hannah Brooks
  • 2013-2014 Elaine Blevins and Lydia Dillingham
  • 2014-2015 Kelsey Rothenberg
  • 2015-2016 Rosemary Ott
  • 2016-2017 Rebecca Long and Victoria Olender
  • 2017-2018 Ricki Draper, Evangeline Giaconia, and Autumn Melby
  • 2018-2019 Kennedy Kavanaugh, Amanda Lago, and Mason Rogers
  • 2019-2020 Harrison Cribb and Ben Seabolt