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2022-23 Eberly Scholars: Raeanne Beckner

Major: Journalism and Multidisciplinary Studies
Areas of Emphasis: in Political Science, Leadership Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies
Hometown: Bridgeport, WV

  • Raeanne Beckner with the WVU HOME sign
  • Raeanne holding stone apple
  • Raeanne

How did you choose your major?

I chose both of my majors because I wanted to gain a greater understanding of the world around me. I also wanted to challenge myself as an individual and increase my versatility. My fields of study allow me to learn more about myself and better who I am as a person. Additionally, my majors are helping provide me with the critical thinking and logic skills necessary to assist me in preparing for law school.

How has your major prepared you for your future career?

My majors are multifaceted, and thus, has allowed me to learn many different subjects at once. In the future, I am planning on attending law school, so my major has prepared me to learn an onslaught of information all at once and excel with it. 

What was your most memorable moment at WVU?

My most memorable moment at WVU has been meeting my best friends! Everyone at WVU is so friendly and personable. I know I have met lifelong friends here. Whether it be tailgating for football games, events with my service sorority, or just walking through the halls to class, they all make me remember the amazing people I have met during my time at WVU.

What was the hardest (Eberly College) class that you loved? Why?

I absolutely loved taking LDR 401: Leadership in Action with Cheyenne Luzynski. The class makes you examine yourself introspectively and allows you to learn how you can be a better leader for your community. It is also a service-learning class, which I always love taking!

What does it mean to be a Mountaineer?

Being a Mountaineer, to me, means being fearless. Mountaineers are supposed to work together, lead, explore, build and be Mountaineers. Students and faculty at WVU do the unthinkable every day. From our national award-winning tutoring and academic programs to our accomplished sports teams, to our groundbreaking clubs and research teams, the WVU family is constantly defying odds and being fearless. For Mountaineers, limits become limitless, the ceiling becomes the sky, and dreams become reality. 


Do you have a favorite professor or instructor? What makes them special?

My favorite instructors are Dr. Cheyenne Luzynski from the Leadership Studies Department and Dr. Joseph Jones from the Journalism Department. Both professors make their class content engaging and applicable beyond the classroom. Moreover, both of them care immensely about their students and will help us succeed in anyway they can.

What was your reaction when you found out you were an Eberly Scholar? How has this opportunity made a difference in your life?

I was incredibly honored to find out I am an Eberly Scholar. As someone who just added on a second major in the Eberly College this year, finding out I am an Eberly Scholar made me feel at home in the College.

About Eberly Scholars

In association with the ongoing generosity of the Eberly family, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board established the Eberly Scholars program in 1988. Each year, up to 25 students majoring in the arts and sciences are designated as Eberly Scholars. They are provided with scholarship support in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement. This award is the Eberly College’s most prestigious scholarship honor for undergraduate students.