Department of History
Therese Kennelly

History majors receive Junior Scholars awards

The Hutton Honors College recently announced the recipients of its Burnett-Masters Junior Scholar awards, and three history majors were among them, including Therese Kennelly.

The Hutton Honors College awards the Burnett-Masters Scholarships annually to students in the Honors College to recognize their academic achievements. The award is a $1,000 merit scholarship which can be awarded to any student entering their third year in the College. IU History students are frequent recipients of the scholarships.

Therese Kennelly is planning to use the scholarship to help in her plans to eventually become a history professor. "I love and have always loved history," Kennelly says, and "I enjoy the fact that by taking history classes at IU you gain a global perspective on the dynamic nature of life around the world." Never a fan of simple memorization of names and dates, Kennelly enjoys learning about how political, social, and economic factors interact to create the history we study today. "The world is a big place with lots of different peoples," she continues, "yet through the study of history you realize that we all have a lot more in common than we typically let on." Ultimately, Kennelly would like to specialize in African history, with a focus on the history of public transportation and its role in the development of West Africa. She credits the History Department with giving her a "solid background" to pursue this dream, and was especially thankful for the opportunity to take related classes with IU History Professors Marissa Moorman and Pedro Machado. The Burnett Masters Scholarship was also given to two other history students—Jonathan Todd and Jordan Rose.