Kenny Acord Award
Northern Arizona University
Anna and Bobby Acord of Wilmington, North Carolina recently established the Kenny Acord Award for Graduate Students in Archeology in memory of their son. The Acords hope that their gift will help students with the "hidden costs" of pursuing their research-the costs that often come out of a student's pocket. Kenny Acord, who received his master's and bachelor's in Archeology at NAU, died in 2006 of a rare form of cancer. A gifted academic, outdoor enthusiast and river guide, he became a professional archaeologist for the National Park Service. His thesis, A Ceramic Inventory and Chronological Analysis of Sinagua Settlement at Walnut Canyon National Monument, is a ground-breaking contribution to the prehistory of the Flagstaff area. Lori Sloat, the first ever scholarship recipient (pictured between Anna and Bobby Acord), is excited to receive this scholarship and will use it to conduct research on rock art in Texas. She was happy to learn that she and Kenny shared this interest. With this gift the Acords are proudly welcomed into the NAU President's Circle.