UTC senior and history major Mary Meaghan Kelly will receive this year’s prestigious Tennessee Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames scholarship for graduate study. The Colonial Dames rotates the award among Tennessee undergraduate institutions. This year UTC’s Mary Meaghan Kelly was selected by her faculty to be so honored.
Kelly was born and raised in Gallatin, Tenn. She attended Gallatin High School. During her years at UTC she was involved in Chi Omega Fraternity, Make A Wish, and other community activities.
She has been invited to membership in several honor societies—Phi Eta Sigma, Mortar Board Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta- the History honor society. She served as president of that Phi Alpha Theta, and attended the organizations Southeast Regional Paper Conference where she presented a paper entitled Joseph McCarthy and The Power of Fear.
Her major scholarly interest is American History, particularly Colonial through the Civil War. She intends to pursue post-undergraduate education either in the graduate programs of the University of Georgia or Louisiana State University and work specifically in the Colonial through Early Republic Era of United States History.