Meet Callegari Scholars Alyssa Iampietro '22 and Katie Williard '22

BOONE, N.C. — The Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers 6 scholarships to students in majors within the College, including the Sally A. Callegari Memorial Scholarship for Gender Diversity in Animal Studies. The Callegari Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Sally A. Callegari, a life-long supporter of animal rights, care and health. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the humanistic or scientific study of animals that are couched in healthcare and/or advocacy and to provide an incentive for students. The Callegari Memorial Scholarship recently supported two CAS students, Alyssa Iampietro '22 and Katie Williard '22:

Alyssa Iampietro '22 | 2022-23 Callegari Scholar

Iampietro is set to graduate from Appalachian State University in December 2022 with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, as well as minors in Animal Studies and Recreation Management.

"This scholarship has benefited me in more ways than one. It definitely helped relieve the financial burden of education. Over the summer, I had the amazing opportunity to work at a black bear sanctuary, and even though I loved the position, I cannot deny that internships come with a certain level of financial strain. Receiving this scholarship eased that aspect of it, allowing me to focus on the true takeaways of my experience, which is that I love working with animals."

Iampietro, the fourth recipient of the scholarship, hopes to work with wildlife, either in conservation or rehabilitation in the future.

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Katie Williard '22 | 2020-21 Callegari Scholar

Katie Williard graduated from Appalachian State University in 2022 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Animal Studies.

"The Callegari Scholarship helped me through school when COVID first started in 2020, and it also allowed me to do more research on animals and gender while getting my degree in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies. I wrote a research paper on queer animals in 2019, discussing how we automatically assume animals are straight because we live in a heavily heterosexual society, but to the contrary, many animals are queer."

Since graduating in 2022, Williard has been employed at High Country Forest Wild, an outdoor education/forest school in Vilas, NC, helping to facilitate teaching kids ages 4 to 12 about different things pertaining to Appalachia and the outdoors. This includes the topics of gardening, plant identification, Appalachian heritage, geology and indigenous heritage.

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Are you interested in applying for a college or department scholarship? The Appalachian Scholarship Application Portal (ASAP) will accept applications for the 2023-24 academic year from December 1, 2022 to February 7, 2023. All students are encouraged to submit an application in ASAP to be automatically matched with the scholarships they're eligible to receive. To learn more, visit


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By Dr. Timothy Smith and Lauren Andersen
November 1, 2022

Callegari Scholars Alyssa Iampietro '22 and Katie Williard '22
Published: Nov 1, 2022 11:55am