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Welcome


Developing a better world by developing intrepid souls.  

/// What’s an intrepid soul, you ask? Scroll down to find out.

 

Disclaimer: This is a placeholder website. Ann Knudsen Khalil’s family is in the process of creating the Foundation, following her passing on September 27, 2014. We would prefer donations to this project-in-development instead of flowers or other gifts in her memory. Funds will be held in trust. We will build out this initiative, in partnership with you, in the coming months. 

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Welcome


Developing a better world by developing intrepid souls.  

/// What’s an intrepid soul, you ask? Scroll down to find out.

 

Disclaimer: This is a placeholder website. Ann Knudsen Khalil’s family is in the process of creating the Foundation, following her passing on September 27, 2014. We would prefer donations to this project-in-development instead of flowers or other gifts in her memory. Funds will be held in trust. We will build out this initiative, in partnership with you, in the coming months. 


 

Intrepid Soul

 

///  A human described by remarkable courage and grounded passion, uncommon ability and precocious vision, radical openness and warm humility.

///  A human possessed by purpose and unshakeable integrity, who regularly dares to take calculated personal and professional risks, often against her own self interest.  

///  A human intuitively aware of place and potential, which is expressed both by a radical drive to understand the world as it is, not as she or he might like it to be, along with the audacity to believe that each and every one of us impacts our world, whether for better or for worse, and thus decides to marshal her or his limited energies for the greater good.

 


 

Our Vision

 

A world in which all intrepid souls can access the transformative experiences, relationships and resources they need to push the limits of their intellectual, spiritual, physical and psychological capacities for the greater good.

 

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Our Mission


/// To identify, equip, and connect intrepid souls, especially women and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Our Mission


/// To identify, equip, and connect intrepid souls, especially women and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Programming


/// Initial programming will consist of the Foundation’s signature scholarship program.

 

 

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Programming


/// Initial programming will consist of the Foundation’s signature scholarship program.

 

 

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The Ann Knudsen Khalil “Journey Intrepid Memorial Scholarship”

The Ann Knudsen Khalil “Journey Intrepid Memorial Scholarship”: A $1,000 to $5,000 gift to fund a transformational journey of the applicant’s design. Special consideration will be given to women, first generation Americans and/or immigrants, and applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. A minimum of two scholarships will be granted each year. Initial scholarships will be offered only to U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 to 30. More details on eligibility, selection criteria, and the selection process to come in early 2015. A committee of intrepid souls, mostly women, will oversee the selection process.

 

Background

 

Ann Knudsen Khalil is one of many intrepid souls to have impacted our world. Born in Boston to a Danish immigrant and a Danish-American homemaker, neither of whom were able to attend college, Ann went on to achieve fluency in seven languages, become a renowned classical flutist, obtain her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, teach Ancient Greek Art History and Archaeology at the most prestigious university in the world for her specialty (University of Chicago), and direct archaeological digs in Greece and Turkey—all in her 20s. A pioneer, she did this when many elite institutions wouldn’t even accept women as students. And when single women traveling around patriarchal societies and hiring and managing men was taboo (and in many instances still is).

Despite her remarkable achievements, Ann was known not just for her high standards of scholarship and her unshakeable work ethic, but also her kindness, selflessness and loving nature.

Yet Ann didn’t become Ann alone. While she was, perhaps, uncommonly talented, many people along the way recognized her potential and gave her the opportunities she needed to flourish. Unfortunately, many Anns around the world—intrepid souls with the same drive, talent and spirit—are rarely able to access the kind of opportunities she did. These people with enormous potential thus rarely claim the opportunity to flourish—to their individual detriment and to ours.

The Ann Knudsen Khalil Foundation for the Development of Intrepid Souls is being established to provide opportunity to intrepid souls, especially women and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. In these early years of the Foundation, we seek to honor our beloved Ann’s memory by enabling disadvantaged young adults, especially women, who share her spirit and standards to design and experience their own transformational journeys—journeys that invite calculated risk for dramatic personal and professional growth. 

Even when debilitating disease drastically altered the trajectory of Ann’s life course, stealing much of her mobility and independence, Ann (ever the pioneer) pushed forward, surpassing her revised life expectancy by decades.  She remained an active member of her family and community, co-directed a dig with her husband, Issa, in Syria, lead a chapter of the Archaeological Society, wrote a variety of fiction and non-fiction works, and, stemming from her deep Christian faith, relentlessly encouraged all around her to find, value, and nurture the intrepid soul within. 

 

We will add more in the coming months to tell Ann’s remarkable, and hopefully inspiring story.