Amanda Jones Scholarship makes International Field Experience a Reality

Amanda Jones, graduate of Anthropology’s 2013 undergraduate class, is pictured at left. A scholarship fund, the Amanda Jones Field Study Award, was established by her parents in her memory. 

Kellyn Davis is a senior Anthropology and Biomedical Sciences double major as well as Anthropology Club’s financial officer and volunteer coordinator for the Honors Student Association.

Last summer, Kellyn traveled to Kenya to attend a six-week paleontology field school located in the Koobi Fora region of Kenya, an area of high significance in terms of early humans and archaeological sites.

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Kellyn Davis (top) excavating in Koobi Fora, Kenya.

During her time in Kenya, Kellyn studied taphonomic traces of butchery on bovid remains and fragmentation patterns following hammer stone and anvil use.

Kellyn was awarded the Amanda Jones Field Study Award, created by Mr. and Mrs. Jones in honor of their daughter, Amanda (Mandy) Jones, to help cover the costs associated with an international field school.

“Getting to know people in the Ileret community and Kenya in general opened my eyes to a very different culture that I have fallen in love with.  Words truly cannot describe how life changing this experience has been for me and I am very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Jones for helping me achieve this goal.”

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In honor of alumna (’13), Amanda Jones (left), Mr. and Mrs. Jones created a scholarship to help students attend international field schools.

Alumna Mandy Jones was originally a Fashion Merchandising major, but switched to anthropology her freshman year.

She had keen interest in applied work and her desire was to learn about other cultures by working in conjunction with communities to build sustainable futures.

During her time as an undergraduate, Mandy was able to participate in a field program for applied anthropology in Peru and found it to be one of the best and enriching experiences of her time at Colorado State University.

Jesse Bain is an anthropology major and has been awarded the 2016 Amanda Jones Field Study Award to attend the Rio Bravo Archaeological Survey in Belize expecting the program to have as much of an impact on him as it did Amanda.

“Participating in this program will essentially provide a strong foundation for my future career as a professional archaeologist because I will learn numerous aspects of applied anthropology and gain invaluable hands-on experience.”

To donate to scholarships in the Department of Anthropology, visit the giving page and search for the scholarship of your choice.